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Divorce may be affected by level of education

Recent research studies indicate those spouses who have a higher level of education tend to stay in longer-term relationships with their partners compared to other socio-economic groups. Some attribute this trend to the breaking away of the non-stereotypical gender roles.

Many societies now favor a more equitable interactive role between men and women. In this way, male society members will not be intimidated by the new roles taken on by their wives. This implies cooperation at the home.

In one study spanning the last sixty years, ending in 2009, it was found heterosexual couples finished college at higher levels of their male counterparts. Female graduation rates peaked in the 80s.

The current trend of equality between the sexes is good news. As more women enter the work force, men are generally feeling less threatened. Relationship status has also modified insofar as it is not uncommon to find the better-educated spouse is the female. Demographical data supports this. And most-importantly, men may not mind.

Baby Boomers who married in the late 1950s did not witness this economic factor. Their numbers were comparable in the subsequent divorce rate. This indicates couples married in the last sixty years did not divorce based on level of education.

If you are contemplating divorce, there is no need to feel guilty. With increased life spans, it is normal for couples to grow apart and find new partners. This could be related to educational level, but to go through a divorce with the best chance at success on multiple levels, it would take a knowledgeable individual who can sit down with you and discuss all your options under the law.

Source:  WFSA, "Wives' higher education may not affect divorce rate" Jul. 27, 2014

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