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The research question I am proposing is whether the income of a couple has an effect on their probability of getting a divorce, especially among couples in the lower class or upper class. This is of great interest to me because lately I have heard of several divorces of upper class married couples, and I wondered if the reason that they were getting a divorce was related at all to the couples’ income. Researchers examining the economic contest of American families living in the 1990’s noticed several interesting trends (White & Rogers, 2000). White and Rogers (2000:13) found “significant positive effects of both women’s and men’s earnings and employment on marriage, marital stability, marital quality, and child outcomes.” In other words, economic advantage, whether male’s or female’s, shows a relationship with higher amounts of marriages, lower rates of divorces, happier marriages, and greater overall happiness and well-being of the child.

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