Analysing the Impact of Divorce on Men and Women

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By Ms Gloria James

Divorce is a life-altering event that impacts both parties emotionally and financially. A country’s cultural and legal environment can influence the nuances of this impact.

In Singapore, with its blend of traditional values and modernity, the effects of divorce vary between men and women in some distinctive ways.

Let’s delve into some gender-specific insights supplemented by statistical data.

Emotional Impact

Men: Often, societal norms dictate that men be the ‘strong’ ones, refraining from openly expressing their emotions. A study conducted in 2019 found that divorced men in Singapore were more likely to suffer from depression in silence, resorting to substance abuse or social withdrawal.

Women: Women generally have a more extensive support network, including friends and family, whom they can confide in. However, they are more likely to experience anxiety and overwhelming concerns about the future, especially if they are financially dependent on their spouse.

Read more: How Do Men Cope After Divorce?

Financial Implications

Men: Typically, men in Singapore, as the primary breadwinners, might feel the pressure of alimony or child support. According to a 2020 study, nearly 60% of divorced men reported a significant strain on their finances post-divorce, with some needing additional jobs.

Women: Women, especially homemakers or those with lower incomes, face challenges re-entering the workforce or securing a stable financial future. A surprising 45% of divorced women in the same 2020 study reported financial hardship, with many citing difficulties in adjusting to a single income.

Read more: Protecting Yourself Financially in Divorce

Parental Responsibilities

Men: Custody battles can be challenging. A 2018 survey highlighted that approximately 70% of divorced fathers in Singapore felt they did not get adequate time with their children, leading to feelings of alienation.

Women: Women are often the primary caregivers, but being a single parent can be overwhelming. Balancing work and childcare while managing the emotional well-being of the children can be immensely challenging.

Read more: Do Mothers Always Get Custody of the Children?

Social Stigma and Acceptance

Men: Men often face the societal expectation to ‘move on‘ quickly, leading to issues like suppressed emotions. The pressure to remarry can be intense, especially if they are younger.

Women: Women, especially in more traditional communities in Singapore, face a stronger stigma. The idea of being a divorced woman can carry a particular societal shame, making it harder for them to remarry or even reintegrate into certain social circles.

Read more: When can I Remarry?

Health Impacts

Men: Divorced men are statistically at a higher risk of health issues such as hypertension and heart diseases. The lack of emotional expression can also contribute to mental health problems.

Women: Stress, anxiety, and the pressure of managing everything alone can lead to health complications in women, from weight fluctuations to chronic illnesses.

Read more: Divorce and Mental Health Problems

In Conclusion:
Divorce is a challenging process, irrespective of gender. However, the way it affects individuals can differ substantially based on societal expectations and individual circumstances.

While the above statistics offer a generalised overview, it’s crucial to understand that every divorce story is unique. As awareness grows and societal norms evolve in Singapore, support systems for both genders post-divorce are steadily improving.

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