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ERIC Number: ED260334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 12
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Divorce and Downward Mobility for Women: Changing Conceptions of Self and Society.
Grella, Christine E.
The analysis of in-depth interviews with 40 divorced women provides some insight into these women's experiences of the bargaining and negotiating process, both in the divorce and with child support and alimony payments after the divorce. One study has shown that the average woman's standard of living declines by 72 percent 1 year after divorce, while the average man's standard of living increases by 42 percent 1 year following divorce. Women appear to approach the legal bargaining process with a psychological disposition in which they are not abstracted emotionally from the bargaining process. This emotionality often results in the women's concession in financial arrangements, which will have severe consequences for their economic status after the divorce. The same process is apparent after divorce, because many women are hesitant to seek unpaid child support payments by using legal or state mechanisms for fear of disrupting harmony with their ex-husband or fear of physical violence. Thus, systems for collecting child support will be under-used by women if such systems rely on the woman's initiation of the process or on continued interactions between spouses. There is a need for an automatic collection process which is not dependent on individual initiation or on continued interaction between spouses. (NRB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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