Parenting After Divorce - A Complete Guide HTML version
together is enough. Mom and Dad working together to accommodate each
other schedules and the schedules and needs of the kids will help in
addressing some of the inequity that is inherent in co-parenting through a
divorce and after.
Divorce is no longer an uncommon occurrence in most countries of the world.
While countries in North America tend to have higher divorce rates than
other developed and developing countries, there are still some common
trends and numbers to divorce around the world.
PREVALENCE OF DIVORCE
It is estimated that the overall divorce rate in the United States is
approximately 51% and in Canada it is 48%; Japan’s divorce rate is about
27%, Australia is around 40% and Great Britain has a divorce rate of about
38%. The number of divorces per year tends to be increasing in many areas,
with second and subsequent marriages having a higher overall divorce rate
than first marriages.
As the number of divorces continues to rise in most areas and countries, so
does the cultural acceptance of divorce. In the United States alone about 1.5
million children will experience divorce every year, and these are only kids
that are recognized through the courts. In many cases such as step-parent
divorce, the child may not be included in these numbers because they are
not included in the dissolution of the marriage. Step-parent divorces can be
just as problematic for the child, however, especially if they were close to the
step-parent and saw them as a support person in their life.