Divorce 'more common' among unemployed men

Men who are unemployed are more likely to be divorced than women in the same position, a new study has found.

Ohio State University researchers found that women whose husbands are out of work are inclined to find grounds for divorce, while the men themselves are also likely to file for a separation.

However, women's employment status does not have an impact on their marital happiness and will not make a man any more or less likely to want to leave the relationship.

"Men's non-employment is unacceptable to many, and there is a cultural ambivalence and lack of institutional support for men taking on 'feminised' roles such as household work and emotional support," the researchers wrote.

Judy Reith, parenting coach at parentingpeople.co.uk, recently suggested that children need to be given greater consideration in divorce cases to ensure their emotional needs are fully met.

Published on: June 29, 2011

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