Effects of Divorce on the Academic Achievement of a Child

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Nigeria: Effects of Divorce On Children's Education
By Gimba Abdullahi Liman, 15 June 2012
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Divorce is one of the many problems facing the family unit today. People have different views on the effect of divorce on children but not a few analysts opine that when a couple opt for divorce, the resultant effects on them and their children are most times negative. The term 'divorce' came from the Latin word "Divortere" meaning to turn different ways or separate. Divorce is the final termination of marital union cancelling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties. This could happen after a husband and wife decide not to live together anymore and that they are no longer interested in their marriage. It might sound simple but it is not easy for a husband and wife to decide to end a long time, established relationship, often they spend adequate amount of time trying to resolve problems before deciding to separate (divorce). Joan Borysenko summarizes the whole thing in his quotation that "forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior, nor is it a superefficient turning of other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allowed us to experience the present, free of contamination from past." Reasons for divorce include adultery, infertility, desertion, negligence, abusive treatment and infidelity in marriage. However, education is an essential tool which deals with the disease of ignorance, superstition, fear, and purity and...
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