The position of women in society is nowhere better reflected than earlier times. Regrettably, the laws of marriage have long served as among the chief vehicles for cultivating women’s social and economic dependency on men. The consequences of a divorce, as well as policies aimed at alleviating these differences, often center on women’s vulnerability. After divorce, women experience disproportionate declines in household income, the standard of living, risk of poverty, risk of losing homeownership, lower chances of re-partnering and responsibilities as a single parent may further impede their path to economic recovery. Divorce effects and gender differences extend into various spheres. These spheres not only affect women but also men. Men are also vulnerable to the adverse effects of divorce, including larger health declines, lower subjective well-being after separation, higher dissatisfaction with custodial arrangements, and greater feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

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The difference shown by society towards a man and a woman being divorced is that they are looked with judgmental eyes by society. They judge them based on their social character. During, re-partnering various questions target them. Like “Will he/she be able to uphold the new relationship”? People in society make irrelevant points about divorced men. They are judged are the grounds of their compatibility and social relationships. However, when they start looking out for another partner, the judgmental eyes of society make them characterless. The post-divorce period is termed as a worse situation bad for women. It is known that society develops attitudes like pity, scorn, and contempt towards divorced women. Re-marriage possibilities of divorced women are lower than men because men prefer those women who never married. Discrimination and negative outlook on single mothers by society is an issue which women face in all societies. The divorced couple experiences a variety of problems in networks of social relationships that results in frustration and anxiety.

Divorced individuals in India experience problems with economic adequacy, social support, and psychological well-being. Furthermore, Indian women experience more complications than Indian men. Indian women’s economic dependency on men and cultural beliefs about women and marriage results as a loophole and a societal burden on women. There are many social, physical, and emotional effects of divorce for both individuals and their children. Children are also prone to feeling abandoned because of the separation anxiety of their parents.

Contributed by Anjeela content writer at Mitti Ke Rang

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