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Reasons for divorce depend on many different factors

June 17, 2015

There are an almost endless number of reasons for divorce. A recent report by a sociologist suggests that one of those reasons involves men who are financially dependent on their wives. The report noted that those men are more likely to cheat on their wives than wives who are financially dependent upon their husbands.

The study took into account people who were married at an age that is younger than what is average for people in Canada. The average marital age for the study was 26, which might explain the likelihood for divorce. Generally, people who are younger at the time when they get married are more likely to divorce than those who marry when they are older.

In the case of a woman who is dependent upon her husband for income, it is likely that she is raising young children. More than 60 per cent of the women in the sampling that stayed home had children under 5 years old. Only around 21 per cent of men who depend on their wives for income care for the children in the home. That is a vast difference.

Another factor that seems to have affected the outcome of the report is that the average annual income of the women was only $18,000 per year, which makes them well below poverty level. With that in mind, it isn’t very likely that the couple decided the man should stay home. Instead, it is likely that he is simply unemployed.

When you decide to divorce, the reason for the marital breakdown likely isn’t your main focus. Instead, you are probably focused on just moving forward. Making sure you know your rights and the divorce process can help you to move forward.

Source: The Globe and Mail, “Do successful women drive men to cheat? Get real,” Marina Adshade, June 09, 2015

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