Money can be an issue for many couples in Ohio. In some cases, it’s because husbands are insecure about their wives earning more money than them. Studies show that women who make more than their husbands are more likely to get divorced.
While women’s income relative to that of men has increased in the last few decades, societal attitudes do not appear to have changed as rapidly. In 1981, just 13% of women who lived with a partner earned half or more of the income. A 2017 Pew Research Center study found that this was true for almost one-third of cohabiting couples. However, the study also found that only one-quarter of Americans believed that it was extremely important for mothers to provide income for their kids. About 40% of respondents believed this of fathers.
A 2016 study by a sociology professor at Harvard University found that when a husband does not work full time, the divorce risk was more than 30% higher. Analysts say that American men tend to be more comfortable in relationships when they are the breadwinners.
A divorce can leave some people at a financial disadvantage. In addition to the cost of the divorce, it can be more expensive to live alone compared to sharing expenses with a partner. Some people might also struggle to keep up with child or spousal support payments after divorce. Because divorce can lead to such financial vulnerability, it is important for exes to understand their rights. A family law attorney may be able to help a client throughout the separation process.