Though divorce is difficult for anyone, women often report a significant, negative change in their finances due to the breakup of their marriage. Women are more likely to bear the bulk of responsibility for child-rearing, which may mean that their careers take a backseat in comparison to their husbands', if they decide to work outside the home at all. Often, they are not in charge of household finances during their marriages and may feel insecure about them once they divorce.
If you are in this situation here in Maryland, know that you are not alone. However, one study reports some good news. The number of divorced women who say that they feel confident in regards to their finances is going up. Since divorce can affect not just the family unit, but also every financial aspect, including health care, taxes and retirement, this information shows that divorce doesn't have to be a financial detriment to women.