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If a wife earns more than her husband, will it lead to divorce?

On Behalf of | May 14, 2019 | Divorce

Though societal standards are changing, there are still many families in Alabama and across the country where the husband is considered the breadwinner. As women continue to close the wage gap that exists between genders, many people, men included, are welcoming to the idea of women who out-earn their husbands. However, studies show that gender stereotypes still have a strong hold in what people think about pay rates between men and women. Some studies even suggest that when women earn more money than their husbands, those couples are more likely to get a divorce.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 38% of wives earn more money than their husbands. Though it seems to be a growing trend, another study claims that the risk of divorce is a third higher if a husband doesn’t work full-time. Men are still viewed as the primary providers for their families, and, right or wrong, some men might feel emasculated if they do not earn as much as their wives. Studies seem to indicate that spouses who earn around the same amount of money are less likely to get divorced.

Married men are the highest-earning demographic in the country, over married women and single people of both genders. More couples seem to be sharing household tasks, but the belief that men should earn more money isn’t changing as rapidly. However, some studies show that people are beginning to prioritize financial security in marriage over being in love, so these findings could easily change in the future.

There are many reasons that people decide to divorce, and a couple’s financial situation is not an unusual catalyst. Anyone here in Alabama who has questions about the divorce process may find it helpful to consult an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can explain all options available and help ensure that the divorce decree is thorough and effective.


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