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A shift from traditional role during marriage may lead to divorce

Before a couple agrees to marry, there are likely many decisions that were discussed and resolved. In spite of the best planning, not every future event can be predicted or planned for. It is these unexpected issues that can lead a once-healthy relationship down the road to divorce. One risk factor may surprise California residents as this state is known for its forward thinking in most matters.

According to one divorce lawyer, one of the biggest indicators that a marriage may be on the rocks is the flipping of traditional roles at some point during the relationship. For these couples, the husband may have started off as being the primary breadwinner while the other spouse either earned less or was preoccupied with child rearing duties. As circumstances changed, the lower earning spouse obtained more lucrative career options and spent less and less time in the home.

As the once-traditional roles begin to switch, it may place a strain of the couple's relationship. The former primary provider may resent the role reversal. At the same time, the spouse who now earns more may find resentment building as the other spouse neglects to help out with household chores and child care. If the couple cannot find a working compromise, the relationship may be irretrievably broken due to stress and friction.

If a couple discerns that their marriage is in trouble, they may attempt to take steps to repair the damage. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to restore the relationship, and a divorce may become the best solution. California residents who find themselves facing an impending dissolution may take steps to secure their financial well-being by consulting with an experienced attorney. An experience legal professional can provide insight and guidance regarding a settlement agreement as well as help determine the best solutions regarding child custody arrangements and other family law related matters.

Source: CNBC, "Divorce attorney: Why you may be more likely to get divorced", Nanda Davis, April 24, 2018

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