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One important factor that often leads to divorce

In the past, a divorce study was conducted that revealed a connection between the amount of housework women did and the likelihood of them getting a divorce. The study showed that women who did less housework were more likely to have a divorce. These days, housework doesn't seem to affect divorce statistics; however, outside-of-the-house work does (but only for men).

During the last several decades, gender equality has taken center stage and society has made some very good adjustments in the name of the sexes being treated equally. The result is more employment opportunities for women and more equal pay. The gender disparity still exists, however, and women by and large are paid less than men who do the same job. In the world of divorce, however, it seems that men may be getting the shorter end of the stick in a subtle but statistically verified way.

Men who choose to be stay-at-home dads and/or stay-at-home husbands have higher divorce rates than men who have full-time jobs. Even men who have part-time jobs have a higher divorce rate than full-time employed men. Specifically, men with full-time employment have a 2.5 percent chance of getting divorced, and men with part-time or no jobs have a 3.3 percent chance of getting a divorce. The study further revealed that the amount of money earned compared to the wife and/or type of job performed did not have a lot to do with chances of divorce. The most important factor was simply whether or not the man had full-time work.

In the state of Maryland, there are virtually an infinite number of reasons why two people decide to get a divorce. In fact, once the divorce papers have been filed, the reason is not that important. What is important is the swiftness and cost-effectiveness of the divorce process, which an experienced divorce attorney can be extremely helpful with.

Source: Market Watch, "Do this and your wife is more likely to divorce you," Catey Hill, July 28, 2016

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