You’ve worked toward the career you wanted for years, and perhaps for decades. You have put time and energy into it, and you’re proud of what you’ve done.
You also assume that your success is going to make your marriage stronger. You can provide for your spouse financially. You can give them the good life that they deserve. Plus, you know that financial stress is a leading reason for divorce, and you certainly don’t have that. You may work more than 60 hours a week, but your bank account reflects it.
If there’s no balance, a relationship can falter
The truth, though, is that financial stress is by no means the only reason for divorce. Many experts note that those who do not balance their careers with their family life also have greater odds of splitting up.
Working too much can mean you spend very little time with your spouse, so you drift apart. If you have children, it can mean that your spouse begins to feel like all they do is watch the kids and you rarely contribute. This isn’t to say they won’t make some sacrifices to allow you to put everything you have into your career. But if they see that life is just going to be like that indefinitely, will they start to feel disconnected and stressed out by the arrangement, regardless of your financial situation?
Divorce can happen to anyone
At the end of the day, you have to remember that divorce can happen to even the most successful couples. If your spouse files for a divorce, you need to know what legal steps you should take to protect your future.