Divorce: Chance of a New Lifetime


Department of Urban Studies, Queens College, CUNY, New York, N.Y. 11367.


This article examines, from a feminist perspective, the costs and the benefits accruing to divorced mothers and suggests that for many women divorce may be the “chance of a new lifetime.” Case materials from interviews with divorced mothers are cited and implications for social policy are discussed. Development of services and lobbying groups for divorced women within existing women's centers are advocated, as well as the establishment of specialized “divorce centers,” to serve women both during the acute crises of separation and on a continuing basis.