Dec 8, 2010

Divorce Among Professional Women

A recent post titled “Women Breadwinners More Likely To Divorce” cited a new 25-year study that was published in October’s issue of the Journal of Family Issues.  According to the study, among 2,500 women married between 1979 and 2002, those who brought home 60% or more of their household income were 40% more likely to divorce than women who earned less.

The post highlighted the following reasons women breadwinners are more likely to divorce:

  1. Financially secure women are able to support themselves, which makes divorce a more feasible option.
  2. Some men struggle with the fact that their wife is the primary breadwinner.
  3. Career women may spend less time at home than their stay-at-home counterparts.

One of the most important things a professional woman can do to protect herself from a litigated divorce is to ask for a pre and/or post nuptial agreement.  While this is always a sensitive discussion, knowing that each party’s legal rights are established may encourage both to stay in a marriage as opposed to ending it prematurely to avoid additional claims of maintenance and property.

Women professionals and other income possessed women can find more information on how to protect themselves in an article I wrote “Divorce Among Professional Women,” recently published in The Legal Balance.

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