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Education levels of children of divorce affected differently

Most people agree that even when a divorce is the right choice for two parents, their children may struggle with the process. This doesn't mean that New Jersey parents shouldn't get a divorce, but it is helpful to understand how the event may affect their children. One study revealed that the education levels of children may be affected by divorce, but, interestingly, one demographic seemed to show more negative effects than others -- children from affluent families.

The study was conducted by a sociology professor and examined families from varying backgrounds, dividing them based on socioeconomic status. The three groups of families it compared were those who were more likely to divorce, those who were less likely, and those in between. They expected to find that a divorce in any of those groups negatively influenced a child's ability to complete his or her education. Instead, they found that kids from the "less likely" group were also significantly less likely to finish high school or college if their parents did get divorced. Kids who came from "more likely" families did not have the same impact.

The researchers say that this means that kids from less-affluent families often endure so many hardships due to their family's socioeconomic status that the common belief in "staying together for the kids" is not as beneficial as many people may assume. The researchers also say that the psychological benefits of a divorce may outweigh any initial negative financial or educational impacts that kids may experience. All in all, every family's situation is different, and no one solution will be beneficial for everyone.

No matter a family's financial status, divorce can be a difficult process for everyone affected. Reaching out to a family law attorney here in New Jersey may be the best way to help ensure that the entire event happens as smoothly as possible. It may be the first step in a bright new future for children and their parents.

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