Mothers Now Top Earners in Forty Percent of U.S. Households

Recent research released by the Pew Research Center reveals that a record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinner in their families.  According to the study,40 percent of modern family households are headed by women as the primary breadwinner.

Kim Parker with the Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project said, “This change is just another milestone in the dramatic transformation we have seen in family structure and family dynamics over the past fifty years or so.  Women’s roles have changed, marriage rates have declined – the family looks a lot different than it used to.  The rise of breadwinner moms highlights the fact that, not only are more mothers balancing work and family these days, but the economic contributions mothers are making to their households has grown immensely.”

As the numbers of working women have increased, there are those who believe mothers working out of the home has a negative impact on the family.  While 79 percent of people in this country reject the notion that women should return to their traditional roles, only 21 percent of those surveyed said the trend of more mothers with young children working outside the home is a good thing for society.

According to the Pew survey, approximately three in four adults stated that the increasing number of women working out of the home has made it harder for parents to raise children.  Approximately 45 percent of women say children are better off when their mother is at home, with 38 percent saying children are just as well off when the mother works.  However among men, 57 percent say children are better off when their mother is at home, while 29 percent say the children are just as well off when she works.

With more women earning a larger share of the income, more women are finding themselves paying child support.  According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, nearly 60 percent of this country’s top divorce lawyers say there has been an increase of more women paying child support in the last three years.  These same lawyers also noted that more women are paying alimony, as well.

When you are contemplating divorce, it’s very important to seek counsel from an experienced family law attorney to discuss issues such as child support, child custody and alimony. A compassionate, experienced Florida family law attorney will explain complex family law, assist you in reaching your goals and be an advocate at this difficult time in your life.

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