A mother’s salary being 20 per cent higher than her husband’s increases the chances of a stable relationship (Picture: File)
Parents are more likely to stay together through the ‘intense’ difficulties of raising children when the mother earns more than the father, research shows.
Couples where the mother’s salary is at least 20 per cent higher than her partner’s stand a better chance of enjoying a stable relationship, it was claimed.
Married couples also stayed together longer than those who decided against walking down the aisle, British and German research showed.
And the risk of unmarried couples splitting up where the mother earned more than the father was 60 per cent less than for couples where he brought more cash home.
‘Sociological and economic theories have long predicted that women’s increased economic independence would undermine the institution of marriage,’ said Dr Shireen Kanji, from the University of Leicester School.
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