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Men’s work statuses correlated with divorce risk

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2016 | Firm News

Many Texans file for divorce each year. When people marry, they generally do so without thinking about the possibility that their marriages might fail. There are multiple factors that can lead to divorces, and a study highlights the role that work status plays.

According to a Harvard University researcher, there is no relationship between the working status of women in marriages that took place after 1975 and divorce risk. Women who were married prior to that year did have higher risks of divorcing if they performed fewer household tasks, meaning that for older marriages, the risk goes up for marriages in which the woman doesn’t fulfill the traditional homemaker role. For modern women, the lack of a relationship between their work statuses and divorce risks means that it doesn’t matter if they have a job or instead choose to stay home.

The opposite is true for men in modern marriages. Men are still expected to fill the traditional role of being the family breadwinner. Men who are unemployed have a much higher risk of divorcing than do men who work outside of the home. The study’s author surmises that this may partially be due to the fact that men who don’t work are likelier to be involuntarily unemployed, leading to other stressors in their marriages.

There are multiple issues that might be at play when people decide that they want to get a divorce. Regardless of the reason, they may need to deal with such issues as property division, child custody, child support and alimony. A family law attorney can often assist a client in negotiating a settlement agreement that covers the applicable legal issues.