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Experiencing a parent’s divorce later in life

Though many people experience the divorce of their parents at a younger age, some individuals are older and go through a completely different process than children who have to deal with a split. The University Daily Kansan noted that older children are often given a more blunt explanation as to what occurred, as parents tend to coddle college students less than kids of a younger age.

Megan Watson, a 21-year-old student, told the news source that she was given the news in a different manner than what happened with her friends when they were younger.

“There wasn’t any sugarcoating what was going on,” she told the Kansan. “There definitely was no, ‘mommy and daddy will still be here and love you,’ like you might expect with a child.”

The Greater San Marcos Youth Council noted that children in development stages will often react in a more outspoken fashion due to their lack of understanding of the situation. Older children can adjust because they see the problem through the eyes of an adult.

“The interesting thing about me being older when this happened is that I’ve formed my own opinion and have seen both sides for myself,” Watson told the Kansan.

College degree provides some protection from divorce

People who have a college degree may have a slight advantage over those who don’t in terms of career and job placement, but this education level can also affect the potential for these individuals to get divorced.

Investigators from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University discovered evidence that a college degree may have a slight protective effect against divorce, according to Psych Central.

Though there were slightly less college-educated individuals who got divorced, the statistics were not definitive in determining that a diploma acted as any type of preventative measure.

“Contrary to the notion that women with a college degree face the lowest chances of divorce, those without a high school degree actually have similar low odds of divorce,” Susan Brown, co-director for NCFMR, told Pysch Today. “The relationship between education and divorce is not straightforward.”

This lack of solid evidence showed that divorce is something that can happen to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, education level or social standing.

The NCFMR is dedicated to identifying marriage trends through research projects and studies on family structure, according to the organization’s website.

Children receive less support in college

Among the variety of effects divorce can have on a family, a new study found that the children of divorced parents are likely to receive less financial support during college, even if both their parents remarry.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Issues, found that parents who stay married typically meet about 77 percent of their child’s college tuition costs, compared to 42 percent among divorced couples. In addition, married parents also contribute about 8 percent of their income to their son or daughters college expenses while their divorced counterparts give 6 percent.

“The cost burden of higher education is shifted to the student in families with divorced or remarried parents,” Ruth Lopez Turley, the lead author of the study, told the Wall Street Journal.

Turley added the remarried parents often have different obligations, such as supporting stepchildren, that can eat into what they could contribute to their child’s college fund.

Kids who manage to complete their education even without considerable financial support may find that it can influence their own personal life for the better. A report from the Pew Research Center found that couples with a college education are less likely to divorce compared to those without a degree.