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Child custody, divorce stress may impact health of New York kids

Having kids and going through divorce can be one of the most difficult challenges for New York parents to handle. Not only must they deal with the legal aspects regarding child custody and other issues, but they undoubtedly also want to ensure that their children are handling the situation as well as possible. However, some children do not always come out unaffected.

It was recently reported that divorce can have certain health impacts on children in some cases. Apparently, children of divorce are twice as likely to have gastrointestinal, dermatological, neurological and other issues than children whose parents have not separated. The study used to find this data involved 467 children whose ages ranged from 2 to 18. Luckily, other potentially serious health issues like cardiovascular and respiratory problems did not seem to be impacted.

It was also noted that it is not necessarily the ending of the marriage itself that leads to these health issues. The effects stem more from how the parents handles the life change with their children. If the divorce is high conflict and parents do not take the time to properly care for their children during this time, the kids could experience high stress that leads to health problems.

Because divorce can have such a tremendous impact on kids in various areas of their lives, handling the predicament as best as possible may help New York parents lessen the likelihood of negative impacts. Concerned parties may want to determine what avenues for coming to child custody terms could be the least stressful for all involved. Speaking with experienced attorneys may help interested individuals find the best routes for their circumstances.

Source: New York Daily News, "Kids of divorce twice as at risk for certain health issues: study", Joe Dziemianowicz, May 24, 2017

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