Despite misconceptions, women continue to be at a financial disadvantage, earning less for the same jobs. Older women also are less likely to have substantial retirement savings than men. While many people perceive women generally "do well" when they get divorced, this is in fact a misconception.
The average monthly salary in the formal non-agricultural sector according to Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Employment Statistics is about R20855, and a divorce will see a woman paying all household running expenses with little to no financial support from her newly ex-husband, simply because he’s unable to do so.
It is mostly in the small high net worth sector of South Africa that women are better off after a divorce, but this is far from the norm.
For this reason, the average woman should carefully consider a divorce, even if she’s extremely unhappy in her marriage, simply because of the financial risks she might face. All women should always understand budgeting and investments.