Study Finds Effects of Divorce on Children Lessen Over Time

Posted by Josh Valentine | Mar 07, 2019

recent study from Florida State University indicates that divorce has less of a long-term impact than previously thought. The study is one of the first to look at the long-term impact of divorce on children through adulthood rather than the immediate impact and how it affects their adolescence.

The new study found that the effects of divorce on children are likely to lessen over time. These findings by Kevin Beaver, the Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology, were published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

About the Research

Researchers examined data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. This study began gathering information in 1994 when research participants were in middle school or high school and continued gathering information every three to 4 years until 2008 when participants had reached age 28 to 32. The study gathered data from about 15,000 participants.

Researchers found that subjects with parents who had divorced between the first research period and the second were associated with more acts of juvenile delinquency during that time period. They also found that the correlation between delinquency and divorce lessened over time.

The researchers concluded that the data suggest that there is a small increase in juvenile delinquency for children of divorce during their early adolescent and teen years that decreases as they reach their later teens and adulthood. There was no increase in juvenile delinquency for participants whose parents had already divorced prior to the initial research period.

For future research, the authors of the study suggested that the effect of divorce on earlier age groups and juvenile delinquency over time could be studied, as well as participants' perception of the family environment prior to changes in family structure. 

Correlation Between Family Structure and Divorce 

The researchers also examined the correlation between family structure after divorce and found that there was no effect on juvenile delinquency over time. Moving from a single-parent home into a blended family home with a step-parent had no effect on delinquency.

Researchers did find that moving from a traditional two-parent household into a stepfamily household did have a slight correlation with juvenile delinquency that decreased over time.

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If you are a parent facing divorce, you may wonder about how your children may be affected. You may be wondering if you file for divorce how much time you will be able to spend with your children after the divorce is finalized. You may wonder if you will need to fight your spouse for child custody. You may worry about whether or not your children will need to testify in court.

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Josh Valentine

You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester. He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He’s the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says. Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she’s smarter than him. Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade). In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Josh has also been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite for Criminal Defense, and the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which currently means seven cats and two kittens. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there, and he provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to those in need. As if all of that weren’t enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church’s youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He’s an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work. No one can say Josh isn’t a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business. In his law practice, Josh has made it a point to develop positive relationships with officers, clerks, and district attorneys, which has proven invaluable in delivering positive results for his clients. It’s important to him to both listen to his clients and fight for them. Law enforcement officers have important responsibilities to keep our communities safe and uphold the law, but one of the responsibilities of attorneys is to make sure officers do their job correctly. Josh considers it his job to hold them accountable for their actions. Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America’s Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God’s word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith. When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that’s why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I’m here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.” Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar