Kristyn Carmichael, our founder and professional mediator, was recently interviewed by Newsweek regarding increased divorces in the south, as well as the impact of this rise in divorces on a recent study performed by WalletHub regarding the best and worst states for families. The study, released in January 2024, ranked states by a number of factors including: Family Fun, Health & Safety, Education & Child Care, Affordability, and Socioeconomics. Kristyn discussed the many stressors that can negatively impact a family unit, including affordability of safe, adequate housing and poor education systems.
One of the factors in the study, Socioeconomics, covered issues such as Separation & Divorce Rate, Duration of Marriage, Share of Two-Parent Families, and more. Kristyn addressed that many of the items listed, including divorce and poverty, are typically viewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, that often have a long-standing negative impact on child development and family dynamics. Thus, it would be expected that heightened numbers in these areas would indicate a lower ranked environment for families to live in.
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