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Study suggests unemployed men more likely to divorce

The most common cause of divorce may not be money problems, as we've been told in the past. A new study by Harvard University reports other factors that may increase the chances for a divorce more.

For couples who married between 1975 and 2011, the study found that whether a husband was working full-time outside of the home was linked to the risk of divorce. By contrast, before 1975, the divorce risk increased with the share of the housework that the wife did.

The author of the study, a sociology professor at the university, said, "It isn't the money that predicts the risk of divorce -- the cash stuff doesn't matter." Instead, she said the expectations of the spouses could be more predictive of the risk of divorce.

The study analyzed data from an ongoing survey by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which is conducted by University of Michigan scientists. The study focused on data pertaining to 6,300 couples in a first marriage, with spouses being between the ages of 18 and 55. The time range was between 1968 and 2013.

The findings show that couples who married before 1974 where the wife performed 75 percent of the housework were less likely to divorce than couples in the same time where the wife did 50 percent of the housework. In marriage that occurred from 1975 to 2013, the choice of the husband not to find outside employment carried a 3.3 percent average risk of divorce in the next year. Those couples whose husbands were employed full time had a 2.5 percent average risk of a divorce in the next year.

If you are contemplating divorce, it's important to know how to protect your rights and interests. An attorney can help you understand how to move forward while keeping your financial future in focus.

Source: Huffington Post, "Men Without Full-Time Jobs Are More Likely To Divorce, Study Suggests," Cari Nierenberg, Aug. 03, 2016

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