Women working full-time are 29% more likely to get divorced than those who stay at home and raise children, according to new research.
The research, to be published this week in the European Sociologiocal Review, finds the probability of divorce is in direct correlation to the number of hours a woman works, reports the Daily Telegraph.
According to divorce lawyer, Marilyn Stowe, working women have more economic freedom to consider a new life beyond marriage. She said they now also have a greater confidence in their ability to make new friends and find new partners.
With both partners increasingly going out to work, the findings go some way to explaining Britain’s rising divorce rate . The number of divorces rose 3.7% in 2003 to 166,700, the third annual increase in a row.
The researchers from Vrije University, in Amsterdam, based their findings on a database of more than 2,000 people, including 1,000 divorced women.