Economics, gender and divorce

Most people in Nebraska know someone who has gotten a divorce as it is no longer an unusual experience in today’s society. However, many people may wonder what factors could potentially contribute to a couple’s divorce or to a successful marriage. There is likely no one reason that some marriages stay together and others come to end but various researchers do watch for trends that may provide clues.

As reported by MarketWatch, it appears from some research that the earning power of husbands and wives may play into some heterosexual couples’ divorces. Specifically, when the wife is the primary or even the only breadwinner in a marriage, a couple may have a much higher risk of getting divorced than if it is the husband who earns the most or all of the couple’s income. Dating couples with this type of inequality in earnings may have a lower chance of their relationships developing into marriages.

The fact that the financial gap between spouses should be an issue if it is the wife who earns more may surprise a lot of people as it is not unusual for women to be accomplished in their professional lives. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that in as many as 38% of American married households, it is the wife who earns more than the husband.

According to research findings from the Cornell University Population Center, a marriage in which the husband and wife earn relatively similar amounts may be the most stable.