Does Divorce Affect Men and Women Differently?
Divorce is one of the most difficult things anyone, man or woman, can go through. Psychologists have identified it as one of life’s most stressful events, along with major illness, imprisonment, unemployment, and death of a loved one. However, each gender may handle the stress of divorce differently. For example, divorced women tend to experience higher levels of stress than male divorcees, according to a recent Gallup poll. However, other studies suggest that women who leave abusive or high conflict marriages go on to live happier, healthier lives after divorce.
The divorce rate is dropping, according to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2017, divorces occurred at a rate of 6.9 per 1,000, compared to a rate of 7.3 per 1,000 in in 2007 and a rate of 8.2 per 1,000 in 2000. That same year, New Jersey had a relatively low divorce rate of 2.6 per 1,000 of the total population.
Effects of Divorce on Women
Women are more likely to file for divorce than men. Experts theorize that this is because women are more in tune with problems in their relationship. Women who initiate divorce often feel a sense of relief and a boost in self-esteem and independence. However, both women who initiate divorce and those who were not expecting a break-up may experience some negative effects related to the divorce, including:
- Emotional – According to the recent Gallup poll, 47 percent of divorced women, compared to only 40 percent of divorced men, reported experiencing stress the previous day. Women were also more likely to develop a substance abuse problem following divorce than men.
- Financial – Women typically suffer financially more than men after a divorce. Those who are the primary caregivers to the children may have left the workforce years ago, leaving them with limited options for earning a living wage.
- Social – On average, women take longer to enter into new relationships than men. Experts often attribute this tendency to men’s loss of parental involvement and social interaction.
Effects of Divorce on Men
Men are more likely to have a relationship during the time of the divorce, whereas women take longer to recover from the social effects of divorce. In terms of finances, men typically experience an improvement in their standard of living.
According to studies completed by a George Mason University sociology and law professor, women experience a 73 percent reduction in their standard of living – whereas men experience a 42 percent increase – after a divorce. However, regardless of gender, those going through divorce will likely go through the five major stages of grief which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance.
Contact an Experienced Morristown Divorce Lawyer at Lyons & Associates, P.C. for Assistance With Your Divorce
The Morristown divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. offer knowledgeable legal representation for those considering, or going through, divorce in New Jersey. We represent clients throughout the state, including those in Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains from our office conveniently located in Somerville, New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding divorce or any other family law issues, please complete our online contact form or call us at 908-575-9777 for a free consultation.