Divorce, which was once stigmatized, is now a common phenomenon in America. Because of this, sociologists and other researchers have been able to study the effects of divorce on individuals, families and children. In many cases, the results of these studies have provided surprising insights.
That being said, no single study is definitive or predictive of individual experiences. You may wish to keep that in mind as we discuss the results of a study suggesting that parental separation or divorce has a significant impact on children, but only on children from high-income families.