For Men, Unemployment May Mean Divorce

unemployment & divorce in RI

Financial pressures have long been cited as the pinnacle of marital downfall. In a recent study on the rise of divorce, male employment appears as a large factor. A study of 6300 heterosexual couples found that men who were not working full-time were 33% more likely to divorce than those with full-time jobs.” Unemployment and divorce are issues for men. Contemporary husbands face a higher risk of divorce when they do not fulfill the stereotypical breadwinner role, by being employed full-time.” said Alexandra Killewald a sociology professor at Harvard University.

Unemployment and Divorce

When finances are stable in a home, couples tend to spend more on travel and bonding activities. In contrast, when finances are not stable, the focus is then continually on finances and tension in the home.

Recently records show that women initiate two-thirds of today’s divorces. When comparing this statistic with the correlation in the uprise of divorce, there is a theory that more women today have more financial independence than in years past. Women feel more independent and less reliant on their spouse or marriage for financial stability.

Killewald states “We talk a lot about the changes in women’s experience, but we haven’t done a lot of thinking about what it would be like for men to have a similar expansion in the ways they do masculinity.” It is time we encourage a wider view of the husband’s role in the household.

Child Support, Alimony are Also an Issue

Of course, if a parent does not have a job, this will also affect their ability to pay child support. And this, in turn, puts more pressure on the parent with income. Obviously, it's best when both parents do work.

And a parent who is not working may also be in need of alimony support from their spouse.

Source: “Men without full-time jobs are 33% more likely to Divorce” July 27, 2016.

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