Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Study: women earning more than their husbands can lead to divorce

Gender roles are rapidly evolving. As these roles change so do the effect they have on married couples in Utah and elsewhere. According to a recent study, a change in a married woman's role in the household often leads to divorce.

The study, which was completed by researchers in Sweden, found that women who enter marriages either not working or earning less than their husbands divorce more frequently when circumstances change, and they begin making more money than their husbands do. The divorce rate for couples that followed traditional gender roles surged in these circumstances compared to couples in gender-equal relationships. In many cases, women would earn less money early in their career due to things like having children or relocating with their spouses. As women's careers grow, many find themselves earning as much or more than their husbands do. With a bigger focus on their jobs, many women find they have less time to devote to household duties. With many husbands unwilling to take on additional household duties, the change in the status quo can lead to conflict and divorce.

In some cases, husbands who have lived their lives as the primary breadwinners take it personally when the careers of their wives surpass their own. In some instances, this has led to husbands being more controlling over the lives and finances of their spouses. It's no surprise this controlling behavior often leads to divorce.

Mothers and fathers alike can find that a change in expectations can lead to strife within a household. When divorce becomes necessary, both parents need an attorney with experience in family law to fight for a child custody agreement that will best serve the children. An experienced lawyer can ensure that the court approves an agreement that puts the children in the best position to thrive.

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