Why are women more likely to divorce after a promotion?

| Feb 28, 2020 | High-Asset Divorce |

The manner in which people view marriage, child rearing and divorce have all evolved over recent years. An increasing number of women in Illinois are now earning more than their husbands, turning an old standard of marriage on its head. This new standard might be harder for some people to accept. When women receive promotions, their marriages are much more likely to end in divorce than when men advance in their careers.

Researchers determined that women who are promoted to prestigious positions such as CEO are the ones most likely to divorce. The same holds true for women who are elected to serve in public office. Earning a high-ranking position is not the only factor, either. Women working in law enforcement and female physicians face an increased chance of divorce any time they are promoted.

Although there are certainly exceptions, many men still feel uncomfortable playing the role of a supportive spouse for their wives’ careers. Husbands often find this transition much more difficult than they might have otherwise thought. On top of this, promotions usually come with a lot more than just a pay raise. Both women and men in Illinois tend to take on longer hours and higher workloads as they near the top of the management chain.

Promotions are usually something to be celebrated, and it can be disheartening for a woman to learn that her husband is less than pleased with the situation. In these situations, ending an unhappy marriage is generally not a bad decision. However, to protect her personal interests as well as assets related to her new position, a woman should be as prepared as possible when entering the divorce process.

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