When older couples in Michigan think about the impact of divorce on children, it’s usually the young children they’re considering. But just because your children are adults, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be impacted negatively by your divorce or the way you handle it.
The Guardian examines some of the unique hardships that adult children may face during their parent’s split. A lot of these difficulties actually stem from the fact that they are adults as opposed to young children. One of the biggest emotional taxes that many cite is that both of their parents will vent their frustrations and angers to them, because they are “old enough to handle it”. This is a stark difference from how most parents will try to hide the details of their divorce from younger children.
Additionally, it can actually be harder for adults to readjust after their parents get a divorce. Children typically have the ability to bounce back from devastating or unexpected life changes in a shorter amount of time. They also tend to have a stronger and higher recovery rate. Adults, on the other hand, may find it more difficult to adjust to the idea that something they have spent decades with has now changed for good.
The impact of divorce on adult children is one reason why divorcing parents like you should take care in how you proceed with the split. Just because your children are adults, that does not necessarily mean they will be equipped to handle the stress, or that it will be an easy process for anyone.