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While you vowed to stick together for richer and poorer, what happens day to day in between these two extremes is probably what matters most. And your employment status may be the most telling harbinger of divorce.

Research conducted at the University of Ohio and published by the American Journal of Sociology indicates a woman’s employment status has no effect on whether her husband will stay or go. And an employed woman is only more likely to initiate divorce than an unemployed woman if she reports being highly unsatisfied with the marriage.

It’s different for guys. They are more likely to leave a marriage, and they are more likely to be left if they are unemployed.

Researchers involved with the study suspect this speaks to the fact that women working has become acceptable, but men not working does not sit as well.


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