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Don’t blame divorce on money. Ask: did the husband have a job?

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New York - Financial stress and fights over money can eat away at a marriage. But do they cause divorce? That’s a more complicated matter.

A Harvard University study suggests that neither financial strains nor women's increased ability to get out of an unhappy marriage, starting in the 1970s, is typically the main reason for a split.

The big factor, Harvard sociology professor Alexandra Killewald found, is the husband's employment status. For the past four decades, she discovered, husbands who aren’t employed full time have a 3.3% chance of getting divorced in any given year, compared with 2.5% for husbands employed full time. In other words, their marriages are one-third more likely to break up.

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