Report Shows Divorce Rate Higher if Woman is Breadwinner

According to CBS News, divorce rates are higher among married couples when women are the household’s financial breadwinners.

CBS cited statistics by the Pew Research Center, which indicate that women are now the breadwinners in 40 percent of American households, compared with just 11 percent back in 1960. The network reported that a study recently found that the divorce rate was 50 percent higher in marriages when a woman out earned her partner.

This is not surprising when you consider that over the same period, divorce rates have skyrocketed, with an average rate of 40 to 50 percent of marriages ending, according to the American Psychological Association.

Reginald Richardson, a licensed social worker, told CBS that the trend is starting to change family dynamics. Richardson said that tension over wages or roles could cause issues in relationships.

“If you haven’t really discussed those roles and come to some agreement, the expectations aren’t really articulated and so there is conflict,” Richardson told CBS.

Sometimes there is very little a person can do to prevent a divorce from occurring. Issues over finances, commitment or parental roles can cause a marriage to spiral out of control. Keep in mind, if you are contemplating a divorce or your spouse has filed for one, you will need to deal with manners of child custody and visitation, division of marital assets, alimony and child support and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

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