Work and the Divorcée: How Divorce Laws Impact Women’s Lives

July 9, 2013

Divorce can be a touchy subject. When two people decide to marry, they like to think that their love is ever lasting. No one likes to contemplate that their relationship might fail. Yet, the statistics prove otherwise. The fact is, a large number of marriages end in divorce. But what does the breakdown of a marriage mean for the parties involved? The next five posts will look at what happens to women and men in the aftermath of divorce through the lens of women’s work. Through alimony and child support we will discover how compensated financially for their domestic labor, both within marriage and after marriage. Then by comparing single fathers to single mothers we will discover how society still devalues working mothers, even when they don’t have a choice. Finally, we will look at what, if anything, changes if a woman decides to remarry.

Work cited for this series:

Chira, Susan. A Mother’s Place: Taking the Debate about Working Mothers beyond Guilt and Blame. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. Print.

“Custodial Parents Becoming Less Likely to Receive Full Amount of Child Support, Census Bureau Reports.” News Release. Custodial Parents Becoming Less Likely to Receive Full Amount of Child Support, Census Bureau Reports. U.S. Census Bureau, 07 Dec. 2011. Web. 09 July 2013.

Eyer, Diane E. Motherguilt: How Our Culture Blames Mothers for What’s Wrong with Society. New York: Times /Random House, 1996. Print.

Furstenburg, Frank F. “History and Current Status of Divorce in the United States.” The Future of Children 4.1 (1994): n. pag.  – The Future of Children –. Web. 09 July 2013.

Kelley, Susan. “Gender Equality’s Final Frontier: Who Cleans up | Cornell Chronicle.” CorCornell Chronicle. Cornell University, 22 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 July 2013.

Landers, Jeff. “What Divorcing Women Need To Know About Alimony ‘Reform'” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 17 May 2013. Web. 09 July 2013.

Wardle, Lynn D. “No Fault Divorce and the Divorce Continuum.” 1990. MS. Bringham Young University. Web. 9 July 2013.


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