By Mavis MacLean
Divorce ends up in severe long term financial difficulties for girls with youngsters. This publication appears to be like on the recommendations girls have built for dealing with those difficulties, in placing jointly an source of revenue package deal from profits, upkeep and welfare. fresh examine from the USA, France and nice Britain is stated, and describes the very various ways in those nations, and the way ladies are depending to various levels at the exertions industry, the remarriage marketplace and the general public handbag.
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