It is a mistake not to recognize the impact divorce can have on children. But it is also a reality that ALL parents need to monitor their children for signs of depression whether or not a divorce is involved.
Depression among teens and children is on the rise. According to a recent study, major depressive episodes in teens have risen from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. Suicide is now the third most common cause of death among teens in this country. Colorado’s teen suicide rate increased 58 percent from 2016 to 2019, with suicide now the cause of one in five adolescent deaths in Colorado.
Depression rates are rising among preteens as well. I have had several cases, some involving children as young as 12, who have been hospitalized for attempting suicide or suffering suicidal ideations during the course of the divorce process.
While experts have various opinions on whether depression increases among children in divorce, EVERYONE (including judges!) agrees that putting children and teens in the middle of the divorce controversy is harmful to them. Continue reading “A Divorce Attorney’s Perspective On Depression In Children During Divorce”