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Whether a man works affects divorce risk

Texas residents might wonder what could increase their risk of divorce. Among other contributing factors, whether or not the men work full time outside of the home has a strong correlation to the success or failure of their marriages.

According to a new study completed by a researcher at Harvard University, women who were married before 1975 had higher risks of divorcing when they did not fulfill the duties expected of traditional homemakers. For couples married after 1975, the women who choose to work and not fill the traditional homemaker role are not more likely to get divorced. The same is not true for men, however.

The researcher analyzed information from 6,300 heterosexual married couples. She found that men are expected to be the breadwinner. Men who are unemployed have a much higher risk of getting divorced than are men who work. The researcher says she believes this is because when a man is unemployed, it is probably involuntary in nature, meaning additional stressors are likely placed on the marriage, on the husband and on the wife.

When a couple decides to divorce after a lengthy marriage, they are likelier to have complex asset division issues. A family law attorney might be able to suggest different ways to divide the property that may save his or her client significant taxes and other expenses. An attorney may also tell his or her client what type of documentary evidence the client needs in order to support his or her claims. If the other spouse appears to be hiding assets or debts, a lawyer may be able to use forensic accountants and investigators to uncover the assets or debts. This may help the lawyer's client to get what is rightfully theirs and to protect their financial interests so that they can move forward.

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