New Study Suggests Educated Women No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

For many years, the results of numerous studies indicated that women who had the same or more education compared to their husbands were more likely to get divorced. However, a recent study published in the American Sociological Review suggests this trend may have stopped as early as the late 1990s.

The team of researchers in charge of the study looked at statistics in marriages over a period of 60 years (1950 to 2009) and the trends in divorce rates. As the decades went on, the idea that educated women were more likely to get divorced slowly started to shift. From 2000 to 2004, the study showed that women’s education actually had a correlation with lower divorce rate. In fact, during that time period, couples that had the same amount of education were 30 percent less likely to divorce than couples in which husbands were more educated.

Conversely, during the 1950s, couples were equally likely to divorce whether the husband was more educated or both partners had equal education levels.

This role reversal comes at roughly the same pace as changes in education in general. Before the early 1980s, husbands were much more likely to have earned degrees in higher education than their wives. However, since that time, there have actually been more women than men earning college degrees – especially over the past two decades.

If you do need to seek a divorce in Connecticut, it’s important to secure sound legal counsel to work through issues of property division, child support, custody and, in some cases, spousal support. For further guidance, contact an experienced family lawyer with Stamford’s Siegel, Reilly & Kaufman, LLC.