Study Shows Men With Full-Time Jobs Less Likely To Divorce

Study Shows Men With Full-Time Jobs Less Likely To Divorce

North Carolina couples may be interested in a study that shows men with full-time jobs outside the home are less likely to divorce. The research, which will be published in the August edition of American Sociological Review, also concludes that women who work outside the home are no more likely to divorce than women who stay at home.

The study, conducted by a Harvard sociology professor, examined data on approximately 6,300 heterosexual marriages. It found that a couple’s financial well-being does not reliably predict whether a marriage will succeed. It also found that a woman’s ability to support herself is a poor predictor of a marriage’s outcome. However, the division of labor between a husband and wife does impact the risk of divorce for some marriages. Interestingly, couples who married before 1975 were less likely to divorce if a wife performed more housework than her husband. However, couples who married after 1975 showed no higher risk of divorce if the housework wasdivided more equally between the spouses.

While the study found modern women do not have to play homemaker to have a lasting marriage, it found modern men risk divorce if they do not embrace the traditional role of breadwinner. The author of the study theorized that a man’s unemployment might place extra strain on a marriage because it is more likely to be involuntary. The author also said more studies are needed, especially those that examine couples where the wife is the primary breadwinner by choice.

North Carolina residents facing the end of a marriage may benefit by speaking with an attorney as soon as possible. Legal counsel could explain how trying to negotiate a settlement on property division and other applicable issues may be better than leaving the decision in the hands of a judge.

Source: CBS News, “ What leads to divorce? It’s often about work,” Cory Schouten, July 28, 2016

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