The children of divorced parents are almost twice as likely to turn into ‘problem’ children than those from intact families, according to research by the child protection council.
Such children are more susceptible to depression and more likely to get involved with crime. They also smoke, drink and take drugs more than other children and are twice as likely to get divorced themselves as adults, the council says.
Some 70,000 children are faced with a family separation every year; one third of couples breaking up are not officially married.
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