Many Pennsylvania couples file for divorce every year. While there are a number of different things that could potentially lead to a divorce, a common thread involves the working statuses of the husbands.

According to a study that was conducted by a Harvard University professor, men are still expected to fill their traditional roles as breadwinners. The expectations for women have changed over time, however. For those who were married before 1975, women who do not act in the traditional roles of housewives are likelier to divorce. Women who were married after that do not have a greater risk of divorcing whether they work outside of their homes or instead act as traditional homemakers, the study showed.

The researcher examined data from more than 6,300 heterosexual marriages. She surmised that men who do not work are often unemployed because of involuntary factors, such as layoffs, that place added stress on their households and marriages. The study appears in the August 2016 issue of the American Sociological Review.

In some cases, divorce is inevitable. People who are facing the end of a marriage may be able to work through their divorce issues through mediation in order to try to secure full settlement agreements. If people are able to negotiate agreements outside of the courtroom they may save thousands of dollars along with a substantial amount of time. The couple’s respective attorneys can take a lead on working through disagreements over property division, parenting plans and spousal support. People might want to talk to their family law attorneys about possible alternatives to going to trial.