Young people feel that exam results suffer because of divorce

According to a major survey carried out by Resolution, the organisation which represents family law professionals in England and Wales, young people feel that their exam results suffer as a direct result of their parent’s divorce or separation.

Resolution published the results of the survey today and the data also reveals that the 14-22 year olds who took part, feel that parental separation can lead to young people missing school, turning to alcohol and, in some cases, experimenting with drugs.

Jo Edwards, the Chair of Resolution, made the following comment: “These new findings show the wide-ranging impact of divorce and separation on young people. It underlines just how important it is that parents going through a split manage their separation in a way that minimises the stress and impact on the entire family, especially children, otherwise their exam results could suffer. Divorce and separation is always traumatic, but there is a better way to deal with it.”

When asked how a parental break-up had directly affected them, 19% of the 14-22 year olds who took part in the survey said that they didn’t get the exam grades they were hoping for whilst the majority, 65%, said that their GCSE results had been affected. 44% said their A-level results had been affected whilst 15% said that they had had to move schools as a result of their parent’s separation which could have had an additional adverse effect on their grades.

In terms of the impact on the health of young people, the survey found that 14% of those who took part said that parental break-up had led them to start drinking alcohol or drinking more alcohol than they had done before. 28% said their eating habits changed and that they ate more or less than before, whilst 13% admitted that they had experimented with, or considered experimenting with drugs as a result of their parents’ separation.

Jo Edwards said: “Each year around 100,000 children under 16 see their parents’ divorce. Almost half of all break-ups (48%) occur when there is at least one child in the relationship, and with 230,000 people in England and Wales going through a divorce each year (and many more separating), this is an issue that affects hundreds of thousands of families in Britain every year.

Therefore it is crucial that couples do everything possible to resolve disagreements in an amicable way that minimises stress on all family members – particularly any children they may have.

It’s clear from our survey that children are suffering as a result of parental separation and that in some cases it’s exacerbated when parents place additional stresses on their children during their break-up. But there is a better way to manage your separation. That’s why we would encourage all separating couples to explore their options for an amicable divorce.”

Resolution has published a free guide about the various options available; please visit for further information.

Here at Dovetail Divorce Solutions we are members of Resolution and our route to divorce is designed to help couples separate in a way that protects the interests of their children, and minimises the impact upon the whole family. If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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