by Erika Townsend
By recent news of Usher ending his two year marriage and the now infamous “Jon & Kate Plus 8” stars ending their ten year union, no one seemed to be too shocked. Although we have watched their marriages fall apart right before our very eyes, could our ambivalence stem from something deeper? While 63 percent of American children grow up with both biological parents in the home, that statistic is actually the lowest in the Western world according to The State of Our Unions 2005, a report issued by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.
The effects on some children of divorce are astounding, and can sometime span a lifetime. According to a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, children of divorce are twice as likely to drop out of school as those from intact homes, three times as apt to have a baby out-of-wedlock, five times more likely to live in poverty, and 12 times more apt to be incarcerated. Of course, divorce neither makes an excuse for, nor sentences our kids to unsavory lifestyles. But it can be a precursor to negative possibilities not just for our immediate family, but also for generations to come.