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Divorce risk is greater if a wife earns more than her husband

Fri 10 May, 2019 / by / Divorce

Some men in Illinois and elsewhere in the country simply can’t handle situations where their wife is the higher earner. However, this is an increasingly common fact of life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly 40 percent of wives earn more than their husbands. While there are some couples capable of focusing on other aspects of their relationship, long-existing social and cultural forces still place a higher value on husbands bringing home more bacon than their wives.

There’s research suggesting women with a high net worth that’s more than what their partner earns are at a greater risk for divorce. Although other experts contend that couples may still remain together even if a wife earns more. In some instances, this may be because the lower-earner can’t afford to live independently. But a study of more than 6,000 couples found that the divorce risk is approximately 30 percent higher when a husband is not working full-time.

Even as women’s financial contributions to marriages increase, men are still largely perceived to as financial providers. A Pew Research Center report found that with a third of all cohabiting couples in the U.S., women bring in 50 percent or more of the earnings. Overall, however, men contribute more to the household income. While attitudes appear to be changing, adjustments with perception may not be keeping up with the steady increase in women’s salaries. Of course, some men are perfectly happy to be stay-at-home husbands and fathers.

Regardless of whether or not a marriage is ending because a wife is earning more, a divorce attorney typically considers many factors when negotiating a settlement agreement. Martial assets, for example, are usually divided up reasonably regardless of gender or what each party makes. However, each spouse’s earnings are usually considered if there is a need/request for spousal or child support.