More Divorced Women Bouncing Back Financially after Divorce: Study

See how a new study sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trust shows that more women are earning more money after divorcing.

By Josh D. Simon
Updated: July 17, 2014
divorce newsA new study sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trust, a non- partisan charitable trust on a mission to “use the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems,” has highlighted some startling results with respect to gender and divorce: women are faring better than ever before – and relatively much better than men --- when it comes to bouncing back after divorce and recapturing lost income.

The study, entitled The Pew Economic Mobility Project, says that 20% of divorced women will boost their income by at least 25% after divorce – a surprising statistic that nearly doubles the rate in 11% from the early/mid 1970s.

On the other hand, only 16% of divorced men should expect to boost their income by at least 25% after divorce – a jump of only 2% from the early/mid 1970s.

"This says a lot," Carmen Wong Ulrich, a financial expert told CBS This Morning, "Because 20, 30 years ago, this absolutely was not the case."

Wong Ulrich further noted that more education for women, along with a closing wage gap between genders, were key factors driving the post-divorce income trends.

However, those under the impression that divorce somehow leads to an income windfall should think again. About 50% of men and women, respectively, suffer financially after divorce.

For a snapshot of statistics published in the The Pew Economic Mobility Project, click here.
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January 24, 2012

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