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Cultural changes spur rise in divorce rate among women

According to a recent study conducted by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the number of divorced and separated women in the U.S is on the rise.
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    January 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to a recent study conducted by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the number of divorced and separated women in the U.S is on the rise. The report discovered that approximately 15 percent of women in the U.S. are divorced or separated. This is a 14 percent increase compared with the number of divorced or separated women in 1920, which was only at about one percent.

A co-director of the NCMFR stated that this increase in the number of divorced and separated women in the U.S. over the past almost 100 years can be attributed to cultural changes in the country.

A reversal of roles

These cultural changes are most noticeable in the parental roles in households, the number of women in the workforce and the amount of education that married women are obtaining. According to analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau done by USA Today, in approximately 23 percent of American families, the woman in the household is the sole breadwinner.

In addition to this, USA Today recently interviewed 12 women who were the primary sources of income in their families and found that several similar themes emerged from each woman's personal situation. In most cases, the women were more educated than their spouse and the mother had traded off traditional nurturing roles with their husband when it came to childcare.

Financial mistakes to avoid during divorce

Although divorced women are on the rise in the country and many are financially capable of supporting their own household following divorce, women still make three main mistakes when they are getting divorced. These include:
- Not being prepared or ready for divorce.
- Not having enough or the right information when it comes to the financial implications of divorce.
- Not thinking for the long term.

If you and your spouse are considering divorce in the near future, make sure that you avoid these three common mistakes by actively negotiating expenses and child support and financially protecting any children in the marriage by negotiating medical costs and getting a good idea of what your insurance policies will be like following divorce. As soon as you and your spouse make the decision to divorce, start planning for the future by taking into account how divorce settlement options might affect your financial security following divorce and planning out a budget that outlines your expenses.

In addition to following these guidelines, hiring a divorce attorney can ensure that your divorce goes smoothly and your financial interests are protected. If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, contact an attorney in your area that will assist you throughout the entire process.

Article provided by The Law Offices of Patricia C. Van Haren
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