Men’s Employment Status Affects Alabama Divorces, New Study Finds

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jun 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

A new study from Ohio State found that a woman's employment status has no bearing on whether or not her husband will initiate a divorce, but if a man is out of work, it is more likely he and his wife will opt for divorce, The Globe and Mail reports.

Divorce in Alabama can be the result of many different factors, but economics are surely at the top of the list. And the effects of the Great Recession are hitting home in our state. The Birmingham News recently reported that the state's unemployment rate jumped from 9.3 percent to 9.6 percent in May. The April tornadoes may have contributed, officials said. Birmingham Divorce Lawyers have seen how economic troubles can send a couple spiraling toward divorce. And we strive to take the emotion out of this process as much as possible if that is the decision the couple has decided to make.


The unemployment numbers in Jefferson County are 9.2 percent, while it is 8.8 percent in Birmingham. The newspaper also reported that there were nearly 46,00 unemployed residents in the Birmingham metro area, up more than 2,300 from April to May. So, obviously the economy is affecting many people in Birmingham and throughout Alabama.

And the new study, which is scheduled to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, looked at more than 3,600 couples from the U.S. National Survey of Families and Households.

The study's authors found that when a woman is unemployed, it has no effect on the likelihood that her husband will choose to leave the marriage. But when the man is unemployed, not only is his wife more likely to want a divorce, it's also more likely that the man himself will choose to end the marriage. That even counts for men in relatively happy marriages, the Globe And Mail reports.

The study suggests that marriage in which a man doesn't work "does not look like what (men) think a marriage is supposed to." So, while it may be acceptable for women not to work, not so for men.

And divorce in Alabama is especially high. Alabama Divorce & Family Law Attorney Blogreported recently that Alabama has the third-highest divorce rate for men and fourth highest rate for women. According to 2009 data, about 21,000 Alabamians were divorced that year.

Divorce can be a heart-breaking and emotional situation. It can also be a new beginning and a new lease on life. Taking a courteous approach and taking into consideration that feelings, emotions and children are involved may be the best approach. And, sometimes, divorces are contentious and require aggressive representation and protection of your rights.

Our firm has spent years representing clients throughout Alabama and doing it in a way that is best for the children and each party. Protecting assets and helping to secure a strong financial future are our priorities and we will do what we can to make sure your rights are protected and the case is resolved as amicably as possible.

If you need to speak with a divorce lawyer in Birmingham, contact Eversole Law at 205-981-2450 for a free consultation.

Additional Resources:

Unemployed men more likely to divorce, but wives' employment has no effect, by Dave McGinn, The Globe and Mail

Alabama's jobless rate up to 9.6 percent, by Roy L. Williams, The Birmingham News

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


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