This chapter focuses on the effects of marital breakdown on the children and their relationship with the father has also been incorporated. The Muslim women were also the least likely mothers to gain sympathy from all their friends, and instead tended to have received only a mixed reaction from them. The dissolution of a marriage disrupts and changes kinship and friendship networks, but family and friends are also sources of informal support. The data implies a clear correlation between employment and organisation membership, since the unemployed mothers were twice as likely as the working women to have belonged to a club. Studies on lone parenthood, both in Britain and India, have pointed to a general state of emotional detachment for couples following separation and divorce. The importance of informal social support and networks has also been recognised in the absence of formal social services for lone parents in India.