Women’s Education and the Likelihood of Divorce

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jul 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researchers are always interested in finding patterns and links to determine which couples are most likely to divorce. Perhaps they are trying to steer couples away from the inevitable or identify a mismatch. But it is no surprise that when it comes to love and marriage, tides are always changing. Where previous research once showed that women with more education than their husbands were more likely to divorce, new data suggest that this is not the case. According to a study publishedby the American Sociological Review, couples who have attained a similar level of education are less likely to divorce.


The reasons for a couple to divorce will vary. Some will cite money problems, issues with health or sex, and some just seem to grow apart. While no clear trend for why couples divorce has emerged, the divorce rate remains the same–around 50%. Our Birmingham divorce attorneysare dedicated to helping protect the rights of men and women, fathers and mothers, who are facing divorce. We understand the very difficult nature of this transition and will provide comprehensive support to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Researchers decided to challenge conventional wisdom about educated women and divorce, finding that spouses with the same level of education who were married between 200 and 2004 were one-third less likely to divorce that couples where a husband had more education than his wife. New generations are more egalitarian when it comes to education and financial contributions to a marriage. This poses a shift from the traditional norm of a man taking on the role of breadwinner and his wife staying at home. While women's education plays a role in this shift, so does a changing economy, where double incomes are becoming a necessity for many families.

The new shift means that an educated woman in the marriage is not a threat, but an asset. Not only should women ignore traditional knowledge of an education making divorce more likely, but men should be grateful that women are viable participants in generating household income. According to reports, women serve as the breadwinner in 4 out of 10 American households. In over 60% of couples married between 2005 and 2009, women have more education than their male counterparts. As more women are getting advanced degrees and increasing their earnings, marriages do not seem to suffer.

As with any marriage, times can be difficult, regardless of who is earning. Some marriages will face a breakdown after a few years or a few decades. Whether you are constantly embroiled in a dispute or you have the feeling that it is “the end,” you are not alone. Divorce is never easy and most couples come to the decision after years of trying to work things out. When facing divorce, it is important to protect your rights involving assets, custody, maintenance, and division of property. An experience advocate can review your case, identify your priorities, and work towards a solution in the best interests of your family.

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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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