Divorce Hardest on Kids
November 01, 2004 - 3:07 pm
By: Niki Upton

There's no doubt, divorce is bitter.  But it can be even harder on kids. News1130 is talking to a local psychologist about how custody battles can affect children at the centre of them. Psychologist Michael Elterman specializes in family conflict and divorce. He tells News1130, kids stuck between two feuding parents can become aggressive or even depressed. He says, the best predictor of psychiatric problems in teenagers post-separation is the amount of conflict they witnessed as children between their parents. Elterman says, 25-percent of divorced couples will never get along and for them it's better to have as little contact as possible. That means, using a third party to pick up the kids or meeting on neutral ground, like a restaurant parking lot.