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Clinging to tradition may result in divorce

Some husbands in Connecticut do not take it so well when their wives become the primary breadwinners. Research shows that such a situation often leads to divorce, especially when the partners harbor more traditional views toward marriage.

Over the past several generations, there have been tremendous societal gains in regard to women earning more in the workforce. Roughly 38% of wives now earn more than their husbands, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, studies suggest that many men want to act as leaders in their families. A man whose wife earns a phenomenal salary may feel inferior when she takes the lead role in their marriage.

Whether this truth is based on old-fashioned thinking or some other reason is an issue worth exploring. The bottom line is that most married men want to earn more income than their spouses. Plus, the majority of American men want to work hard for their paychecks.

Husbands and wives who earn similar salaries seem to have better marriages in comparison with men whose wives earn top dollar. Equal pay is less threatening to the male ego. However, statistics show that divorce is not as common when spouses do not set up earning camps pitted against each other.

A couple that attains shared financial goals and dreams, such as saving ample funds to make a down payment on a house, is more likely to get married. Unfortunately, not all spouses see eye to eye on financial matters. When divorce seems like the only answer, a family law attorney could provide valuable guidance throughout the separation process.

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