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Thu May 29, 2014, 11:23 AM

21. I always hear that women do better in family court

but OTOH it seems like I've also heard that in general, men do better than women after divorce, financially. Though divorce is a financial catastrophe for both.

OK I googled and found this: http://divorce.usu.edu/files/uploads/lesson7.pdf

There are some men living hand to mouth and paying much of their check in child support, but one in five women becomes homeless after divorce, so women suffer too. Statistically, they both do worse after a divorce, but women do somewhat worse than men.

http://www.legalzoom.com/marriage-divorce-family-law/divorce/men-v-women-who-does

But even in a situation where all the assets are divided 50/50, divorced women may find that a seemingly fair settlement is still far from equitable. Women are typically awarded custody of the children. Because our predominant social values suggest that children are best situated with their mothers, women often do the lion's share of child rearing in divorced families, even in shared custody cases.

Any parent who has ever fought a custody battle knows that child care responsibilities are a privilege, not a burden. Unfortunately, most divorce settlements fail to account for the damaged future earning potential of a woman with child care responsibilities. Since mothers usually take some time away from their careers, and since women still earn slightly less than men, it is fair to say that most women, even prior to divorce, have lower earning power than their male spouses.

The problem of lower earning power is exacerbated by child care responsibilities. They reduce a woman's available work hours, thereby making it more difficult for her to increase her income through promotions, client cultivation and so forth. This marked reduced earning capacity is not factored into a divorce, since settlements focus on dividing marital property.

Ultimately, the overall economic quality of a man's life, based on earnings and amount spent on living expenses, increases after his divorce. He continues to earn more but bears fewer family expenses. The overall economic quality of a woman's life, post-divorce, decreases.

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