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Could a promotion and divorce go hand-in-hand?


Many women in Washoe County spend years climbing the corporate ladder. It is not always easy, but through hard work women can finally secure the promotion they have been seeking. However, could a promotion spell the end of a marriage?

One study out of Sweden has found that the women studied who received a promotion were two times as apt to get a divorce within three years. For example, according to the study, if a woman received a promotion and became a CEO, she was two times more apt to get divorced within three years compared to men in similar situations.

One may wonder why a woman's relationships may suffer if they are promoted. According to researchers, these married women were economically independent enough that if they wanted to divorce, they could easily do so. So, financial security wasn't really an issue. Instead, the issue may have started when a couple initially made the husband's career a priority, which was then usurped by the wife's career. This could cause instability in the marriage and an eventual divorce.

This study is interesting, but our readers should remember that it is just one study. Not every woman who receives a high-caliber promotion will end up getting divorced. Moreover, husbands who see career success could still end up facing a divorce. Every person's marital situation is different. What is important to remember, however, is that sometimes divorce is preferable to staying in an unhappy marriage. Wives or husbands who wish to seek a divorce may want to discuss the matter with a family law attorney who will be able to provide them with legal advice.

Source: Ladders, "Study: A top promotion can double a woman's chance of divorce," Monica Torres, March 9, 2018

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