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More Work Hours Contribute to High Divorce Rates

It’s no secret that divorce rates in the U.S. and Europe are still on the rise. Amid reports saying there has been a decline during certain periods, the rate remains high.

In the U.S., it has been found that the long working hours are a contributing factor to the high divorce rate. Recent studies showed that compared to Europeans, Americans (particularly the women regardless of their status) work 30 percent more. The researchers discovered a correlation between working women and divorce whereas there was no link found among men.

The researchers further explained that women often desire to work particularly in a society where the divorce rate is higher. This is because they feel they need to make sure they have a source of income just in case their marriage breaks up in the future. Working women who gain experience are more likely to earn a higher income moving forward.

European women, on the other hand, do not think about getting a divorce and as such, don’t feel the need to work and insure themselves.

The researchers also pointed out that based on studies, there was a rise in female labor supply in the 1970s. This was particularly true among U.S. states that implemented the no-fault divorce laws during that period. A no-fault divorce normally does not require parties involved to provide proof of the other spouse’s wrongdoing.

According to 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the divorce rate in the U.S. was 3.4 percent per 1,000 population. This covered 44 states.

Among first marriages, the divorce rate is 41 to 50 percent. The rate for second marriages is from 60 to 70 percent. For third marriages, the rate is even higher at 73 to 74 percent. For couples with children, the divorce rate is slightly lower as compared to those with kids. Experts say childless couples have a higher likelihood of getting a divorce in the future.


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