ERIC Number: EJ773817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
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Divorce Injustices: Perceptions of Formerly Wealthy Women of the Stressors, Crises, and Traumas
Rettig, Kathryn D.
Journal of Loss and Trauma, v12 n3 p175-198 May 2007
The current study was funded by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, Project 53-054 Decision Making Integral to Relationship Transitions in Families. The perspectives presented in the paper do not represent views of the funding agency and errors remain the sole responsibility of the author. This article is a major revision of a presentation at the Paolucci Symposium (April, 2002), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. It has not been previously published. The author wishes to thank the participants of this study, Professors Pauline Boss and Paul Rosenblatt, and anonymous reviewers for comments on earlier drafts of the article. Personal interviews were conducted with ten women in their middle years that were formerly married to wealthy men. An analytic induction analysis method, using principles from social justice theories, crystallized the interpersonal injustices within marriage, as these women experienced them, the stressors of unfair divorce decision procedures, and the unjust resource distributions with loss of assets that were not divided. They experienced the crises of high debts, tax fraud, bankruptcy, and loss of custody; and the traumas of continued litigation for many years without changes granted by appellate or state supreme courts. The women took the standpoint of critical inquiry by providing critique and advocating for changes in legal procedures and judicial considerations.
Descriptors: Females, State Courts, Justice, Divorce, Court Litigation, Interviews, Quality of Life, Advantaged, Stress Variables, Marriage, Debt (Financial), Change, Child Custody
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota