The first thing that happens is that the custody of the child is given to one parent (most likely the mother). This deprives the child of one parent. I think this does have a detrimental effect on the child and his overall development.
And then, if the parents decide to remarry, it is double whammy for the poor child and the child's predicament becomes even worse. The poor child may feel abandoned and that he belongs nowhere.
Here is a fiction short story I wrote some time ago on such a situation. The story is narrated by the hapless child...
MY LIFE IS LIKE A GAME OF BADMINTON
A Story told by a Small Boy
Badminton is a game where you volley a shuttlecock back and forth over a net
Dear Reader: You got the drift of what I am trying to say, didn't you?
Then when his divorced parents get remarried, and he gets step-parents, the poor boy feels that he has become a liability.
And more so, he shudders to think what will happen to him when the two new married couples (his mother and her new husband, and his father and his new wife) have children of their own?
Will he be tossed away like an unwanted old shuttle-cock once the players have got their own "new" shuttle-cocks?
Just like they sometimes "write-off" a liability to get rid of it.
Dear Reader, please comment and do let me know your views.
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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About Vikram Karve
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.