Close Window X
Rowe Law Offices, P.C.
Call today to schedule a free consultation
610-816-0935 866-232-1913

Couples are more likely to divorce when the wife earns more

Many older Pennsylvania residents will remember a time when husbands were expected to be the primary bread winner. However, that expectation is no longer the norm. In today's world, almost 40% of wives earn more than their husbands. While some couples are fine with this arrangement, it may lead to marital problems. According to a 2016 Harvard University study, there is a 33% higher risk of divorce among couples when the husband earns less than the wife.

One reason for this higher risk of divorce is the public's perception of the husband's role in family finances. When asked who should provide income for the couple's children, almost 40% of respondents named the father as opposed to 25% who named the mother. Additionally, about 75% of respondents said that the growing number of women in the workforce has made it harder for couples to raise children.

On the other hand, couples are more likely to stay married when both spouses earn about the same amount according to a Cornell University study. Additionally, when their combined income is high enough to provide a comfortable lifestyle, couples are even less likely to divorce. One reason for this could be that the couple's joint success isn't as damaging to the husband's ego.

When a wealthy couple does divorce, the division of property can become quite complicated. Many couples jointly own business assets and real estate holdings in addition to the family home. There also may be pensions, 401(k) retirement plans and company stock. In order to ensure a fair and equitable division of assets, anyone involved in a high-asset divorce may want to enlist the services of a capable law firm.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Have Questions? Get A Free Case Review

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Wyomissing Office
1200 Broadcasting Road
Suite 101
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Phone: 610-816-0935
Wyomissing Law Office Map

Lancaster Office
8 N. Queen Street
Suite 1102
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: 717-382-8360
Lancaster Law Office Map

Allentown Office
1248 Hamilton Street #201
Allentown, PA 18102

Allentown Law Office Map

Berks or Montgomery counties or the Lehigh Valley: 610-816-0935 Lancaster or York counties: 717-382-8360 Schuylkill County: 570-362-6837 Toll Free: 866-232-1913