It's 2019, and nearly 40% of married women earn more than their husbands do, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unfortunately, research shows that this financial situation puts a strain on many heterosexual marriages and pushes some couples in California and elsewhere to file for divorce.
A 2016 study by a Harvard University professor found that straight couples are 33% more likely to divorce if the husband doesn't have a full-time job. Meanwhile, a 2017 Pew Research Center report found that men continue to be the primary breadwinners in around two-thirds of marriages. Further, approximately 40% of Americans think it's very important for men to earn income for their children while only 25% think it's very important for women to bring in money to support their kids. Pew researchers also found that 75% of Americans believe raising children is harder now that more women have found employment outside the home.
However, a husband's income isn't important to all couples. Studies suggest that people who are marrying for the first time and younger people, such as those from Generation Z, are more likely to prioritize love over finances in their relationships. Meanwhile, other research shows that couples with comparable incomes have a better chance of staying together.
Individuals facing divorce might benefit from contacting a family law attorney. The attorney may be able to thoroughly evaluate the case, explain all legal options available and provide essential guidance throughout the divorce process. Legal counsel might also negotiate favorable terms on property division, spousal support, child custody, child support and other important divorce agreements. If the terms of the divorce need to be changed in the future, the attorney may petition the court to approve a modification agreement.