When Maryland residents think about the stages of grief, they likely consider them applicable in times of death. However, these stages could also apply in a variety of other situations, and children especially could experience grief-like emotions during times of significant change, such as their parents' divorce. Because divorce and child custody agreements affect the children in a substantial way, emotions may run high.
It is not unlikely for children to cycle through the stages of grief during such a time. They may first deny that the divorce is taking place and genuinely believe that their parents will remain together. Once the reality of the situation begins to set in, they may also become angry about various aspects of the divorce and lash out. Much of this anger may stem from frustration over feeling as if they do not have control.