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Can a husband’s job status lead to divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2018 | Divorce |

Losing a job can have disastrous effects in many areas of life. Experts say divorce could likely be added to the list if a husband becomes unemployed. A Harvard research study shows that if a man in a domestic partnership or marriage loses his job, he could also lose his relationship. This could also be true for Connecticut couples. 

Data was lifted from more than 6,000 married couples. They were interviewed between 1968 and 2013. Findings from those interviews showed that couples where the husband held down a full-time, steady job were less likely to divorce. In fact, more than 30 percent of marriages where the husband didn’t work, ultimately did not last. 

Most of the contention was with those couples married after 1975. In those years, a man’s job might have played a large part in his sense of pride and self-worth. A job loss could have meant depression or loss of self-confidence in the man which could have played a significant role in the  breakdown of the marriage. Today, many couples plan for the men to stay at home to look after the kids. Since this is a planned role, it hasn’t seemed to have the same impact as not having a job outside the home.

There are many reason a marriage breaks down. Some of the rifts are irreparable and unfortunately lead to divorce. Connecticut couples who find themselves heading for a breakup, might do well to seek individual legal counsel. An attorney may be able to offer advice to help his or her client make clear-headed decisions regarding a possible divorce.


Source: cosmopolitan.com, “New Study Says an Unemployed Husband Can Lead to Divorce“, Lisa Marie Basile, Accessed on March 3, 2018