Understanding the Factors Influencing the Income Gap Between Divorcees

Hale, Kelly D.; Neidermeyer, Adolph A.; Pearson, Timothy A.; Riley, Jr., Richard A.
December 2008
Journal of Financial Planning;Dec2008, Vol. 21 Issue 12, p62
Academic Journal
• Divorce is a zero sum game that typically results in a greater negative financial impact on divorced women than on divorced men (Peterson 1996). But little is known about the factors that cause the different financial consequence between genders. • Financial planning services and financial planning self-help tools are available to help those preparing for divorce as they embark on legal proceedings; however little of this advice specifically addresses interlacing financial planning and existing personal factors during the divorce process. • Using U.S. Census data from 1980 to 2000 to examine factors including age, children, education, and the presence of a significant other we show that these demographics significantly affect the relative income differential of divorcees by gender. • Being older having fewer children, remarriage, and higher levels of education helped offset the negative impact of a divorce on the income of females. • We also find that the trend in income disparity has declined somewhat over the period 1980-2000. • The financial planners role in today's environment requires a shift in client focus, a change in the content of planning information conveyed, and a greater level of awareness of the current Internal Revenue Code provisions related to divorce topics.


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