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The Complex Relationship Between Juvenile Delinquency and Divorce

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Nov 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Divorce law is both complex and important in understanding its effects on juvenile delinquency. When families go through the difficult process of separation, the impact of divorce on children should be carefully considered. This article explores these considerations along with possible relationships among juvenile delinquents, parental divorce, legal considerations, and possible delinquency factors.

Parental divorce and juvenile delinquency is a complex relationship influenced by multiple social, psychological, and environmental influences that may play a part in its manifestation. Delinquency itself is not exclusive to divorced households; understanding its possible correlation can provide invaluable insight for both parents and legal professionals engaged in divorce proceedings.

Divorce can have an enormous effect on family structures and can alter children's routines and relationships significantly, leaving them more prone to delinquent behaviors as a result of emotional stress or instability from divorce.

Legal systems acknowledge the impact of divorce on children's behavior and well-being. Family courts prioritize the best interests of each child in determining custody and parental responsibilities. They consider factors like parent relationships, emotional support, and interactions to mitigate the negative effects of divorce on a child's behavior. This approach helps ensure a stable environment for the child.

Parent-child relations following divorce are also an essential factor. A contentious divorce may strain this bond, leading to increased conflict and tension between both parents, which in turn can contribute to juvenile delinquency and lack of emotional support, inconsistent parenting styles, and limited communication with one parent or both parents. Legal professionals can offer co-parenting/mediation services as a way of building healthy relationships and alleviating some of the strain of divorce on children.

Divorce-related economic challenges may also contribute to juvenile delinquency. Children may become stressed when their financial circumstances change suddenly or their resources decrease due to parental divorce. Legal measures such as child support orders may help provide financial security after divorce and decrease any associated strain that can lead to delinquent behaviors.

While these relationships exist, it's important to emphasize that divorce does not directly cause children's delinquency. Many protective factors exist that can mitigate negative repercussions resulting from it, these include keeping communication lines open between parent and child and offering emotional support during and after post-divorce proceedings.

Legal systems recognize the significance of mental and emotional well-being when conducting divorce proceedings. When making decisions related to child custody, visitation, or parental responsibilities decisions, family courts can consider such considerations, while legal professionals can suggest therapeutic interventions or counseling services to help children cope with divorce proceedings.

The link between parental divorce and juvenile delinquency is intricate, involving emotional, economic, and relational factors. Legal systems aim to mitigate this by prioritizing children's well-being through positive parent-child relationships, stable economies, and supportive interventions. Recognizing its complexity, the legal system aims to produce outcomes that prioritize children in response to parental divorce.

For inquiries related to divorce and divorce laws, or to hire a divorce attorney here in Kansas City, contact Drama Free Divorce through this number (816) 615-5555. Contact our office now and talk to our staff. We have a team of legal professionals that are ready to help. 

About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 


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