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Journal Issue: Children and Divorce Volume 4 Number 1 Spring/Summer 1994

Children and Divorce: Overview and Analysis
Richard E. Behrman Linda Sandham Quinn


As discussed in this analysis, divorce and separation of parents affect millions of children in the United States. Currently, there are serious problems with the process of obtaining a divorce, in deciding about what custody and visitation arrangements will be in the best interests of children, and in providing financially for children when parents divorce. Further, divorce needs to be considered in a broader context. One of the greatest challenges facing our society in the years ahead is the increasing diversity of the families responsible for raising children. Children will be living in one- and two-parent families of married, divorced, remarried, and never-married individuals from an increasing variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Whatever the family structure, children will still need a loving, nurturing, stable, economically secure environment for their optimal growth and development. Children are not responsible for who their parents are or for what they do; rather it is the parents and the community who are responsible for who their children are and for what they become.