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Job status may affect divorce rate

Residents of Pleasanton and nearby areas of California may want to know more about how the employment status of a person may affect divorce. Did you know that men who do not have full-time jobs are 33% more likely to divorce?

According to TIME, it seems that financial concerns may affect the soundness of a marriage. Employment, or lack of, could be a major factor when it comes to whether a heterosexual couple decides to split.

Unemployed men at higher risk of divorce

With other factors being equal, a recent study of 6,300 heterosexual couples showed that unemployed men were 33% more likely to divorce in the first 12 months of the change in employment status. Before 1975, husbands who were not employed full-time were less likely to go through divorce proceedings. Over the years, sociologists have researched what causes divorce to determine why the risk of divorce has increased for unemployed men.

Money worries may equal stress

As those who handle family law know, financial worries often stress a marriage. Couples who have a more secure income may outsource more chores and thus have more time for activities and vacations that tend to bond the relationship. Those with lower incomes are more financially stressed, and the marriage may suffer.

Why are jobs more important for men?

According to statistics, women initiate two-thirds of divorces. One theory for the increased divorce risk for unemployed men is that women get mad at their spouses for not working while still not helping at home. Another idea is that since men get more of their identity from work, they feel more frustrated and depressed when unemployed, which stresses the marriage.

If you are about to go through a divorce, it may be smart to consult an experienced family law attorney. A professional may help you navigate the path to divorce as well as find a collaborative solution to keep things as amicable as possible.

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