Divorce can put a strain on finances for any Texas couple, but women could have a tougher time when ending a marriage. Women typically make less than men, and going through a divorce can hurt a woman's income even more. A 2012 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found a 41 percent drop on average for a woman's household income after divorce.
In addition to the wage gap, caregiving demands often impact a woman's earning potential. Women are typically expected to care for children and elderly parents, and this results in less time at a job and lower Social Security benefits. Regardless of income, many women have trouble with finances after the end of their marriage because they are not used to managing their money. If a husband takes care of the finances during a marriage, a woman might have little experience with money management. The simple fix is for women going through a divorce to start learning about their finances and financial planning.