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How attitudes about income affect marriage, divorce

How much income each spouse in earns in a marriage can affect the stability of that marriage in a number of different ways. Women in Florida and around the country are more likely to earn more money than their husbands than in previous decades. Even though this can cause some men to feel insecure and put a strain on the marriage, men may still be hesitant to marry someone whose income is substantially less than theirs. They may be concerned about losing their assets in a divorce.

According to the Pew Research Group, in 1981, women earned half or more of the income in only 13% of couples who lived together. That number had risen to nearly 33% by 2017. One study that was published in the journal "Demography" found that couples who earn roughly equal amounts are less likely to split up. In addition, a Pew Research Center study found that more Americans believed fathers should provide financially for their children than mothers.

One attorney says that couples in second and third marriages are more concerned about finances than those in first marriages. Discount brokerage Merrill Edge reported that in its survey, 54% of men and 57% of women wanted financial security more than being in love. The only age group to choose love over finances was Generation Z.

Financial security might also be a priority for people who are getting divorced. People who are considering divorce might want to talk to an attorney about how property might be divided and whether one person is likely to have to pay alimony to the other. If there are children, one parent might also be required to pay child support to the other. When making a decision about how to divide assets, people should make sure they account for taxes and other expenses associated with that division.

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