In the 21st century, it is no longer as uncommon as it once was for a woman to earn more than her male spouse. Research suggests that nearly half of women workers in America earn as much or more than their husbands.
The change in the wage gap among heterosexual couples appears to be affecting the longevity of marriages. Women breadwinners face at least two unusual divorce risks in this modern age.
One study highlights an increased risk of adultery among men who depend on high-earning wives to meet their basic needs. Since adultery is a leading cause of divorce, more prosperous women may be required to pay spousal support to their ex-husbands.
New Jersey family court judges look at each spouse’s income and earning capacity. Lesser-earning spouses who are not likely to earn more without training or education are often successful in obtaining alimony. It is wise to prepare for this possibility as you are planning the steps of your divorce.
Unfair property settlement
In addition to supporting the family, breadwinner wives still perform most household duties. They also remain in charge of tasks such as caring for the children, transporting them and arranging childcare.
Despite what you do for the family, your share of marital property is at stake if you earn more than your husband. In determining property division, judges examine factors similar to those in alimony proceedings (such as current income and future earning capacity).
Knowledge of the most current marital property and spousal support laws helps spouses (regardless of their gender) fight for their rights. With legal guidance, you have a better chance of protecting the money and property you worked so hard to earn.