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The divorce rate in the United States is the highest in the world. Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce. Sixty- seven percent of all second marriages end in divorce. With divorce comes a great deal of pain, sadness and anguish. Men and women go through differences while experiencing the path of divorce. Here are some of the experiences of men and women in divorce:
Women initiate divorce twice as much as men.
Ninety percent of divorced mothers have custody of their children even if they did not receive it in court.
Sixty-five percent of divorced mothers receive no child support.
After divorce, women experience less stress and better adjustment in general than men. The reasons for this are that: women are more likely to notice marital problems and to feel relief when such problems end; women are more likely than men to rely on social support systems and help from others; and women are more likely to experience an increase in self-esteem when they divorce and add new roles to their lives.
Women who work and place their children in child care experience a greater stigma than men who are in the same position. Men in the same position often attract support and compassion.
Men are usually confronted with greater emotional adjustment problems than women. The reasons for this are related to the loss of intimacy, the loss of social connection, reduced finances, and the common interruption of the parental role.
Men frequently remarry more quickly than women.
Men who have been involved with their children, have shared parenting roles, and have an understanding of and direct responsibility for activities and expenses of children stay involved in their children’s lives. They are also in greater compliance with child support obligations.
Men are initially more negative about divorce than women and devote more energy in attempting to salvage the marriage.
The decision to end a relationship can be traumatic and filled with contradictory emotions.