Billy Miller, The Town Talk January is the worst “Divorce Month” of the year. No one wants to file over Christmas. They want the kids to have a happy time.
Will the children feel better about the divorce in January? Of course not.
Divorce is the worst event in any child’s life – or that of most adults, for that matter. Michael Reagan, the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, experienced their divorce as a boy and wrote about it in his book, Twice Adopted:
“Divorce is where two adults take everything that matters to a child – the child’s house, family, security and a sense of being loved and protected – and they smash it all up, leave it in ruins on the floor, then walk out and leave the child to clean up the mess.”
Yet half of all marriages in America end in divorce. Children of divorce are three times more likely to be expelled from school or to have a baby as a teenager as are children from intact homes; are five times more apt to live in poverty, six times more likely to commit suicide, and 12 times more apt to be incarcerated, according to the Heritage Foundation.
Those who marry a second time have a 70% chance of a second divorce.