Divorce can be a difficult thing to cope with, especially when you are not the one who initiated it. You may find yourself confused, saddened, and angry. Many Californians also wind up asking themselves what went wrong with their relationship. Although there may be a number of factors that contribute to the dissolution of a marriage, one study claims to have found a strong correlation between gender roles, career trajectories, and divorce.
The study found that women who receive a promotion at work are twice as likely to get a divorce than those who don’t receive a promotion. The reasoning for this striking increase is especially pronounced amongst those who fulfilled stereotypical gender roles prior to the woman’s promotion. This would mean that divorce is more likely when, prior to the woman’s promotion, the man’s career is the focus of the relationship. However, the study also found that women who are in more gender-equal relationships were less likely to divorce when the wife received a promotion.
The study also explored other factors that may contribute to divorce. For example, the study suggests that women who become the dominant wage earners in a relationship, meaning those who make more than 60 percent of household income, were more likely to divorce. With that being said, though, women who are merely the larger wage earner by a small margin saw no increased risk of marriage dissolution.
Regardless of why an individual seeks a divorce, he or she should be prepared to confront important legal issues head-on. These matters may include property division, child custody, child support, and alimony. Oftentimes, one’s income has an effect on these matters, so a recent promotion can have a long-lasting effect on divorce proceedings. To ensure that one’s divorce plan is thorough and adequate, Californians can work with a family law attorney to develop legal strategies that seek to support their best interests.
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