How Divorce Impacts Children

East Rockaway, New York-based attorney Marc Rovner has led the multistage legal department for Beta Abstract LLC, a title insurance company, for more than almost two decades. In addition to his work as an attorney, Marc Rovner supports several child welfare charities, including the Children’s Rights Council. The organization provides resources to help families minimize parental conflict during divorce.

Divorce is always difficult for children. When parents separate, much of their children’s daily lives and routines are disrupted. The children may have to change schools, move, or travel between two houses. Some children may feel responsible for the divorce, while others feel angry and resentful.

Divorce can weaken the bond between the child and the noncustodial parent. All of these changes can manifest as poor academic performance, risk-taking behaviors, and mental health issues. Parents who separate peacefully and continue to cooperate in their parental obligations can reduce the stressors felt by their children. If necessary, parents should work with a therapist or social work to support their children.

The Children’s Rights Council – Children’s Bill of Rights

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Children’s Bill of Rights
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Attorney Marc Rovner provides general legal counsel to BETA Abstract, an insurance company near his home in East Rockaway, New York. Alongside his work as an attorney, Marc Rovner supports an array of charitable organizations in his community. He is an active volunteer with the Children’s Rights Council (CRC).

The CRC, founded in 1985, promotes the rights and best interests of children in times of marital or domestic conflict. The organization believes that having both parents actively involved in their children’s lives is in the best interests of most families. Accordingly, the council works to strengthen families and support joint custody arrangements.

The CRC created the Children’s Bill of Rights to protect children during divorce and custody battles. The document lists small courtesies that a child should be given during and after custody proceedings, such as being treated like a person rather than property. The Children’s Bill of Rights asks parents to put their children’s feelings before their legal battles and avoid using children as spies, couriers, or leverage.