Each year, many Illinois couples file for divorce. While several factors may contribute to the end of a marriage, a study shows that the working statuses of the husbands are correlated with the risk of divorce.

The study, which was conducted by a Harvard University sociology professor, involved data analysis from more than 6,300 heterosexual marriages. The researcher found that there was no link between a couple’s overall financial condition and their risk of divorce. She also did not find a link between a woman’s self-supporting ability and the risk of divorce. The study demonstrated that there is a strong relationship between whether the husband works and the risk of divorce, however.

The expectations of women in marriages have changed over time. Before 1975, women who performed fewer tasks associated with the role of traditional homemakers had greater risks of getting divorced. The study revealed that women who married later no longer have an increased risk of divorce for not being traditional homemakers. Men, on the other hand, still have the traditional expectation that they will be the breadwinners. Men who are unemployed have much higher risks of divorce than do men who have jobs.

A person who wants to get divorced may want to get help from a family law attorney. Legal counsel can often explain what is to be expected when dealing with spousal support, property division child support and child custody. The attorney can then attempt to negotiate a comprehensive property agreement that addresses these issues and which then can be submitted to the court for its approval.