The Price Kids Pay When Parents Go Through A Bitter Divorce


In the video above, Dr. Phil gives a wake-up call to feuding exes Melissa and Eddie, whose custody disputes and vitriol toward one another are negatively impacting their 9-year-old son.

"Let me tell you what happens to children who live in contentious divorce," Dr. Phil says.

  • They have appreciably lower math skills.
  • They have appreciably lower social development.
  • They have appreciably lower achievement in college.
  • They are at higher risk for anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.
  • They have a higher frequency of health problems.
  • They have a two times higher divorce rate.
  • If they marry someone who is also from a divorced home, they have a three times higher divorce rate.
  • They have a five-year shorter life span, which means it's eroding their overall constitutional strength.

"The kids that get caught in the middle of all this are paying the price," he concludes.

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