I just read a really interesting article in the Journal of Financial Planning. After divorce, the income of each spouse falls. On average, the income of the woman declines by 27%. The average income of the man declines by about 10%. The stats for both parties are positively affected by the presence of a significant other (parents, close friend, boyfriend/girlfriend) and by increased education. Children in the home affect women more than men, but the income effect of children is not as great as you might expect.
No one wants to have divorce happen. But this article really underscores the importance of having detailed analysis of the financial aspects of a divorce to ensure that the separation is equitable. And especially for women, the importance of taking charge of your financial situation whether single, married or divorced.