Recent research by University College London considered the emotional impact on children of parents separating and divorcing. Analysis of 6,000 children born in the UK at the turn of the century found that those whose parents separate when they are between 7 and 14 are 16% more likely to suffer emotional problems than those whose parents stay together. With children aged 3 to 7, however, there is no difference between those whose parents separate and those who remain together.
These results seem to indicate that separating and divorcing is likely to be more damaging to older children than younger ones. There’s never a perfect time to separate, but it is important for parents to put the needs of their children first to try and ensure as little damage as possible.
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