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Why equal marriages could be more stable

| Apr 30, 2018 | Divorce |

When a couple in Texas begins a marriage following “traditional” gender duties of child care and housework, they might be more likely to get a divorce if the woman starts to spend more time on her career and make more money than the husband. This is less likely to happen if the couple has a marriage that is more equal from the start, according to a recent Swedish study.

It is not uncommon for a wife to postpone her own career development in order to raise children and relocate for a husband’s career. They may also pick up the bulk of the household chores. When wives begin to focus on their own careers and make more money, some men respond with anger. Some jealous husbands might try to control the money or make accusations of affairs.

Other men cut back on their work, reasoning that they do not need the income. However, not all of these husbands take on additional child care and household duties. This can cause tension with their wives and lead to divorce. However, some couples could work things out through good communication. They should work as a team and be specific with one another about their needs.

If the couple does decide to get a divorce, they might want to try to negotiate a separation agreement. This may be possible even if they have not been able to negotiate an equal arrangement in their marriage. An attorney could help a soon-to-be ex throughout the property division process.

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