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Women hit hardest by financial surprises in divorce

August 1, 2018


Ending an unhappy marriage has many benefits, including giving both people the opportunity to move on with their lives. Most Tennessee divorcees find great happiness after their divorce, whether with a new partner or on their own. However, there is no denying the financial impact of divorce. Unfortunately, some financial surprises seem to hit women harder than men. 

A survey from Worthy — an online marketplace — asked 1,785 adult women about financial surprises relating to their marriages and divorces. The group was a mix of women who were all in one of three different life stages. The first included those ready to end their marriages, the second group was made up of women in the middle of divorce and the third group consisted of already divorced individuals. 

Although women older than 55 made up only 22 percent of respondents, most of them were already divorced. Of that same age group, 38 percent told Worthy that they had run into financial surprises in divorce. Approximately 50 percent of their younger counterparts reported unexpected financial issues. The reported surprises were mostly the same across age demographics though, with some of the most commonly reported ones involving the size of marital debt. Many women were unaware of how much they owed for mortgages, auto loans, credit card debts and more. 

Women also tend to expect that child support and alimony will last longer or that the payments will be higher, which can skew perceptions of financial stability. To avoid any unpleasant shocks after divorce, women in Tennessee should be certain that they fully understand their finances. By taking the time to do so, they are more likely to reach a divorce settlement that empowers them financially for the future. 

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