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A husband's unemployment can lead to divorce

It is common for couples in California to have marital ups and downs. Nonetheless, there are some circumstances that are more likely than others to contribute to divorce. Money, infidelity, religion and arguments about child-rearing can all take their toll.

A recent study shed new light on one factor that may affect whether a couple is able to stay together: the husband's employment. When a husband is underemployed or unemployed, the marriage becomes more fragile, and divorce becomes more likely. Conversely, a woman's work status doesn't seem to have a serious impact on the marriage.

Analysts are trying to understand why a husband's employment is so important to marital stability. Some explanations include social expectations and the fact that women often work or do not work outside the home as a matter of choice. Unemployed husbands are often unemployed involuntarily, which could indicate significant economic stressors. It is also not clear as to how this finding affects same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships.

In situations where couples are considering divorce, the employment status of both parties is often taken into consideration when making determinations about child custody and property division. An unemployed spouse may be able to receive spousal support and other accommodations as part of the divorce agreement.

People who are considering divorce may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the case and make recommendations regarding financial agreements based on the couple's current circumstances. In addition, an attorney may be helpful in negotiating a modification of the original agreement in situations where a spouse was unemployed at the time of the divorce but later secured full-time employment.

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