St. Louis, MO- With divorce, the greatest fear an estranged couple has is how their split will affect their children. Even though divorce seems like an inevitable part of life for some 30 to 50 percent of couples in the U.S., we can’t help worry about whether children will suffer emotionally and physically as a consequence.

Study after study has shown that divorce does indeed negatively impact children and a new one shows that children from higher-income families suffer more than children from lower income families. In fact researchers found that children from low income families may not be affected by divorce at all.

The study comes from the Georgetown University and University of Chicago and involved 4,000 participants beginning in 1979.

Researchers questioned the mothers of the children involved in to determine if they displayed negative behaviors such as aggression, defiance, bullying, sadness, anxiety or low self-esteem, the Huffington Post reported.

Ryan and other researchers reasoned that wealthier kids suffered more because they experienced a decline in income, perhaps were forced to move or change schools. Researchers believe reduction in their income can lead to anxiety for children.

Another possibility is that because divorce is less common among higher-earning families, so when a split happens they are less capable of dealing with the hardships of divorce and changing financial security.

Researchers also found high-income children who are products of divorce benefit when a stepparent is introduced into a household. An additional authority figure can correct some of a child’s negative behaviors.

Our divorce attorneys, however, disagree with the assertion that children from middle and low income families are not affected by divorce. While they may not display the same negative behavioral traits as higher income children, those from lower income families are also impacted emotionally and financially by divorce. No one is immune to the pain and heartache that accompanies the breakdown of a marriage. The goal of our St. Louis divorce attorney is to resolve your divorce with skill and finesse, to void causing you or your children any unnecessary pain.

In other news actress Tea Leoni opened about her divorce from “Californication” star David Duchovny, describing him as a “good guy.” The couple settled their divorce in August with both agreeing to share custody of their two children ages 12 and 15.

She told Parade, “Listen, David gave me the two greatest gifts on the planet; I don’t know how I could ever hate him. We’ve always loved each other, and we adore these kid.” So, there are no hard feelings.

Though the divorce between Duchovny and Leoni was somewhat contentious, the actress, who is starring in the new series “Madam Secretary,” won’t say bad things about her ex. She said she’s “not playing stupid,” adding she knows how words can hurt.

“We’ve had our moments like that. But these kids are too important,” Leone said.

Not all divorces appear to go as amicably as Duchovny’s and Leone’s, but they can. Your Missouri divorce attorney will work in the best interest of their clients and try to keep the anger and resentment from spilling over into divorce negotiations.