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Promotion may increase woman's chances of getting a divorce

No two unhappy couples in California are alike. However, in many cases, part of a two spouses' unhappiness may have to do with the professional success of the wife. This is according to a new study that revealed that women who enter their marriages either not working or earning less than their husbands do have a greater chance of going through divorce if their careers suddenly take off.

A higher education institution political scientist and economist produced the 2018 white paper, and the research was based on three decades of data following job candidates both before and after they had received promotions. The majority of the research deals with public sector job positions, such as government officials and mayors. However, the researches looked at females who were promoted to private company CEO roles as well.

The research indicated that women who claimed top jobs were several percentage points more likely to get divorced compared with women who took part in political elections but lost. Meanwhile, whether men lost or won elections appeared to have no impact on their marriages. Still, the couples impacted when women secured top jobs were only those couples that were gender traditional, meaning that the husband's career came first.

Divorce happens in California for a variety of reasons, but no matter the reason, it can understandably be a painful ordeal both emotionally and financially. However, if two divorcing spouses can find common ground on matters such as property division and alimony, they may be able to reach a mutually beneficial settlement without further court intrusion. If not, they will have to rely on a judge to make the final decisions regarding these important matters for them.

Source: fortune.com, "Being Promoted May Double Women's Odds of Getting Divorced", Valentina Zarya, March 5, 2018

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