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The link between divorce and male employment

Some former Kentucky couples already know that a husband's employment status may determine the likelihood of people getting getting divorced. According to research done by a professor at Harvard, men who are unemployed have a 3.3 percent chance of getting divorced in a given year, while those who are employed have a 2.5 percent chance.

The lack of a steady paycheck could explain why this was the case. When money is tight, it could result in paying bills late or not at all, and that could put downward pressure on a family's credit score. This may make it harder to apply for a mortgage or get decent rates on an auto insurance policy. While the study didn't go into the financial impact of being married to someone who is unemployed, financial pressure may play a role in a couple choosing to split up.

The study was published in American Sociological Review, and it looked at data from 6,300 married couples over the course of 46 years. It found that there was no correlation between a woman having a job and the likelihood that she would want to leave a marriage. The study's author found that while women were expecting more out of their careers, men were still thought of as the breadwinner for a family.

There may be several issues that people need to consider if they are contemplating a divorce. For instance, it may be necessary to determine how property will be divided. An attorney can often assist in negotiating a settlement agreement that covers that issue as well as spousal support and child custody.

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