Californians might be interested in a study that shows that the work status of a husband often correlates to their risk of getting divorced. The study was recently published in the “American Sociological Review.”

The study was done by a Harvard sociology professor who reviewed data spanning 46 years from 6,300 married couples. In the mid-1970s, when more women began working, data showed that there was a corresponding increase in divorces. After 1975, however, the professor found that housework was no longer a major factor in increased divorce rates. She also found that in more recent times, women are not more likely to file for divorce simply because they have more economic independence. The divorce risk increased depending on the employment status of the men.

Husbands who are not employed in full-time jobs have a 3.3 percent chance of getting divorced in any single year. By contrast, men who are employed full-time have a 2.2 percent chance of divorcing in a given year. The researcher attributed this difference to many women still viewing men as breadwinners. When the men do not have jobs or are only working part-time, the strain that is placed on the relationships may lead to marital strife and divorce.

No matter what leads to a decision to divorce, people who want to dissolve their marriages may have to wrestle with a number of different issues in the separation process. If they have children, they may need to handle child custody issues in addition to property division and spousal support. Family law attorneys may be able to help their clients navigate through the complexities of the divorce process. In some cases, they might be able to secure full agreements without needing to engage in protracted litigation.