If you are a parent, you may have a number of concerns with respect to moving forward with your divorce. Setting aside financial considerations and personal challenges you may worry about (such as feeling depressed after you split up with your spouse), you could be worried about the potential impact that this decision may have on your children. You may also be wondering how many other children have a parent who does not live in their household.
According to data that was published by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one-quarter of children who are under the age of 21 have at least one parent who does not live in their household. This may be due to their parents filing for divorce, but there are other factors that can result in this as well. For example, a parent may be sentenced to prison for years or they may be deployed overseas. Sometimes, parents who find themselves in this position have other responsibilities involving their children as well, such as paying child support.
Although you may feel overwhelmed by these issues, it is crucial to keep your focus and strive for an outcome that is in your child’s best interests. Whether you are worried about losing a custody case and being unable to see your child, the outcome of pursuing your visitation rights or how you will help your child adjust to his or her other parent living elsewhere, it is vital to handle these types of sensitive family law matters very carefully.