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Traditional marriage gender roles can be hard to break

Couples in Virginia may be more likely to divorce if they begin their relationships in traditional gender roles and the status quo suddenly changes, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. Researchers found that wives who experienced a career boost after either earning less money than their husbands were much more likely to split up.

According to relationship experts, there are a few reasons behind this. One reason is that many husbands feel threatened when their wives suddenly begin earning more money than they do. As a result, some men attempt to become more controlling or demanding of their wives, which leads to conflict. Another reason is that women who start working more no longer have as much time to devote to housework or childcare. This can also cause disagreements if husbands refuse to help pick up the slack.

Experts say that couples who begin their marriages as equal decision-makers have the best chance of avoiding divorce in the future. This means that both spouses approach the marriage as a team and understand that neither party should have all the power. It also helps to openly talk about relationship expectations and divide housework and childcare duties in ways that benefit both spouses.

Individuals facing divorce may wish to seek the advice of a family law attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could help negotiate agreements on property division, spousal support, child custody and other divorce legal issues. In the end, negotiating could be less stressful than going through courtroom litigation.

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