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The reasons couples divorce have changed over the years

There are many reasons why a Texas marriage might come to an end. In many cases, disagreements over finances spark the discord, and they can become exacerbated when there is not enough income coming in to meet household expenses. This is particularly true when the main breadwinner becomes unemployed.

In a lengthy study published in the American Sociological Review, it was shown that there is a greater chance of divorce if the husband is unemployed than if he is working. According to the study, the likelihood for a divorce in a particular year is 3.3 percent when the husband is unemployed as opposed to 2.5 percent when he is employed. The husband's employment status did not increase the likelihood of divorce prior to 1975, according to the study which reviewed more than four decades of data. The study did not find a correlation between the wife's employment status and divorce, however.

The findings are not totally surprising. With more and more couples relying on two incomes to meet monthly expenses, the extended loss of one income will stress the monthly budget. Living paycheck to paycheck, missed monthly payments and a lower credit score all can cause financial stress that can lead to marital woes and an eventual breakup.

The reasons for a divorce are inherently personal and no two couples have the exact reasons for splitting. Nor are two couples' financial circumstances exactly the same. But where assets that have accumulated over the years are at risk, people who are contemplating ending their marriages might want to have the help of family law attorneys in negotiating a settlement.

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