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Why men are still expected to be breadwinners

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2019 | Divorce |

Men in Virginia and throughout America are generally expected to be financial providers for their families. However, it is not uncommon to see wives make more than their husbands. Research suggests that this could be a problem in some relationships. One study found that a couple is 33% more likely to get a divorce when the wife makes more than the husband. While women have more leeway to determine what they would like to do with their lives, men are still expected to be financially stable.

There are many reasons why this may be the case. For example, researchers believe that limited opportunities for women at work cause men to believe that they should be the primary breadwinner at home. Men may also feel pressure from others in society to be the top earner in their households. If a person is getting married for a second or third time, financial security may be more attractive than looks or charm.

Generally speaking, married men still earn more than either single men or single women. They also tend to earn more than married women, and this could be attributed to the gender wage gap. Data also shows that men tend to get married in their late 20s, which means that they may be more established in their careers.

In a divorce, assets such as a pension, home or car could be divided between former spouses. If an individual owned a business, a former spouse may be entitled to a portion of the company. Couples who have agreed to prenups will generally settle their divorces per the language contained in that document. This may mean that a business or other assets stay with the person who created them or brought them into the marriage.