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How may job loss affect a divorce?

A recent study found an interesting link between employment and divorce among married couples. It shines some light on how a change in financial situation can stress married couples and what employment situations may strain a marriage.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Ohio and published in the American Journal of Sociology, looked at the differences between men and women in how they each handle job loss. According to the study, whether a woman is employed has no effect on whether her husband will stay in the marriage or leave.

On the other hand, men are both more likely to leave a marriage and more likely to be left if they become unemployed. This could affect countless couples as the economy's slow recovery means many people are unemployed.

The study may reflect changing ideas about gender roles - and some that have not changed. While it is now more acceptable for women to work full-time than it was in the past, it remains less common for men not to be the breadwinner in a family.

In the event of a divorce, a parent's employment status may also be considered in any child custody or visitation determinations. When courts consider the best interests of the child(ren) involved, they often look at each parent's employment and financial situation. A court may place the child(ren) with the parent who has a job and, therefore, a more steady income.

In divorce and child custody matters, your financial future may hang in the balance. It is important to make sure you enlist the proper help so you can protect your financial future while pursuing the best outcome for you and your loved ones. Consider working with an experienced family law attorney who can help you.

Source: USA Today, "Money Quick Tips: Job loss and marriage," Regina Lewis, Jan. 26, 2013

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