Women worse off after divorce

Telegraph (UK) 07 July 2007
Divorce leaves women significantly worse off financially than men, a study has found. Despite recent reports of multi-million pound settlements, the study of more than 4,000 people has found that while a man’s income increases, on average, by 11 per cent after he parts from his wife, a woman loses around 17 per cent of her income. Sociologists, who tracked the income of divorcees over seven years, concluded that divorced women would be better off finding a new husband than trying to return to work. They also said that mothers of young children fared particularly badly after divorce because they found it difficult to juggle work and raise a family.The study, which draws on data from the European Community Household Panel, was collated over seven years by Mieke Jansen and two colleagues from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. “We noticed a large gender gap,” said Miss Jansen yesterday. “It’s difficult for some women because they have to care for the children, find a job as well as deal with the emotional trauma of divorce. “We found that many women don’t work at all after their marriage breaks down or have to work only part-time because they can’t afford the cost of child care.”