Italian women who earn more than their husbands are more likely to divorce, a legal organisation has claimed.
According to the Associazione Avvocati Matrimonialisti Italiani (Association of Italian Matrimonial Lawyers), in as many as 20 per cent of the divorces in the country sparked by personality clashes, the root cause lies in:
“…è l’incapacità dei mariti di accettare che la consorte guadagni di più…” (…the inability of husbands to accept that their spouse earns more).
Higher earning wives are especially prevalent in the more urbanised and industrialised north, the Association notes, sometimes bringing home three times their husband’s salary.
Following divorce , it is no longer unknown for higher earning wives to pay maintenance to their former husbands. Research by the Association suggests that around four per cent of child support paid in Italy now goes to divorced husbands.
As many as 60 per cent of maintenance-paying Italian women are freelancers and only 15 per cent remain in full time employment. Four out of ten are older than their ex-husbands.
The Association of Italian Matrimonial Lawyers notes:
“Negli ultimi tempi le donne hanno sposato uomini più giovani e quindi anche meno inseriti sul piano professionale. È facile che poi siano loro a dover sostenere economicamente i mariti.” (In recent times more women have married men who are younger than themselves and therefore less established in their careers. Predictably therefore it ends up being them who have to support their former husbands).