Divorce has lasting effects on teens

Rose Wahlmeier, News Editor

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Divorce involves traveling back and forth between two parent’s homes and might include living out of a suitcase at one house.  (PHOTO: Katie Schwartz)

by Rose Wahlmeier
Due to the personal stories in this article we have changed the names of the people interviewed, although they are all at BHS.
*Susie Lee was only three years old when her parents divorced. Both got remarried very quickly.
Her father then left her stepmother when she was in the fifth grade. This was a very hard time for her.
She was so angry, she did not talk to her dad at times. He married once again. Today, she lives with her mom and stepfather.
Susie sees her dad at least once a month. She calls her stepfather by his name, not by Dad.
About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary, up from roughly 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s. And couples who wed in the 2000s are divorcing at even lower rates. (Huffington Post)
*Bob Green is currently living with his mother. His parents are still in the process of getting their divorce finalized.
The part he hates the most is hearing them fight about one another.
He sees his father about once a week when Bob goes to pick up a child he watches. He and his father do not get along very well.
The median age for marriage in the 1950s was 23 for men and 20 for women. In 2004, it rose to 27 for men and 26 for women. (Huffington Post)
*David Bolton goes back and forth between his parents’ houses each Friday.
He likes that he gets two Christmases but hates wasting gas by driving to each house.
His parents were divorced when he reached age two, and both have been remarried. He calls his stepparents by their first names.
*Shelly Power’s father lives far away, and she only gets to see him once a year. His job affects the time they spend together.
He is getting remarried, and Shelly is not a fan of her soon-to-be stepmom, or her children.
Shelly currently lives with her mom and stepfather. She likes her stepfather, and calls him Dad.
They divorced during her second grade year, and she has lived in several houses because of it. The hardest part for Shelly is not being able to see her dad a lot.
*Tyler Scott was not born yet when his mother divorced his brother and sister’s father in 1994.
When his brother was 16, he left Tyler to move in with his father, and that was very hard on him. It made him very depressed for months.
Divorce rates have decreased, but  they still affect the children involved severely.

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