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Employment status and divorce rates

For married couples in Georgia, the biggest predictor of whether or not a divorce may happen might be the employment status of the husband. In 2016, a sociology professor at Harvard analyzed data for more than 6,300 couples across 46 years and found that the husband's employment status played a significant factor in marriages that came to an end.

As more women have entered the workforce since the 1970s, some have surmised that greater economic independence for women could result in more divorces. However, the study did not find a correlation between women's employment and divorce or between performing household chores and a marital split.

It is not clear why the husband's unemployment status is correlated with divorce although the financial strain this may place on a relationship could be one reason. The study found that in any given year, men who did not have a full time job had a 3.3 percent chance of getting a divorce while men who had full time jobs had a 2.5 percent chance.

A number of factors besides financial strain may contribute to a divorce. By the time a marriage ends, a couple may have difficulty communicating regarding any number of issues. However, it is necessary to work out a plan for property division, and if there are minor children, plans must be made for child custody and visitation. If the couple cannot make an agreement, they may want to try working with a mediator. Even if they are experiencing a great deal of conflict, they may be able to reach a satisfactory agreement with this cooperative approach. Each party is entitled to have separate legal representation during the process.

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