Public policy researchers at Duke University wanted to know the economic effect of divorce on mothers.

“What we found surprised us: the average mom who divorces ends up with just as much income as a similar mom who stays married,” says Professor Elizbeth Oltmans Ananat, as quoted in the Sun-Sentinel.

“Why? Divorced moms are resilient. They move in with relatives, switch from part to full-time work and, perhaps most importantly, 70 percent remarry.”