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Love and Money: Are diamonds a girl's best friend

Study: Divorce makes men, particularly fathers, significantly better off
The research scatters the myth that men lose out financially when marriages end, while women get richer. Almost without exception, there are falls in income in the year after a marital split for separating women, but not for separating men. Study even suggested that when a father separates from the mother of his children, his available income increases by around a third. Mothers, however, suffer financial penalties, with their income decreasing by more than a tenth. Kids usually stay with their mothers, who no longer have a husband's earnings to depend on yet still have the costs of bringing up kids.



Research: Women have better sex with rich men - Why?
Cassie is unashamed about dating rich men: "Of course it is much better to sleep with men with lots of money. Rich men are... confident and charismatic. They know what they want, and they go out and get it. That translates to being fantastic in bed. Women don't want to lie back and think of the gas bill. It's a lot more fun to have sex in the Ritz." She is living proof of the discovery that the number and frequency of a woman's orgasms is related to her partner's wealth. Until now some of us have gotten comfort from the idea that some beautiful women were just doing it for the lifestyle - and putting up the sex.

Earn more than your man - 5 relationship tips
In 1981 16% of women outearned their spouses. Today it's 30-40%. It's a problem because we like our traditional roles. Men and women are happier in marriages in which the husband earns more money. What happens in these situations? Often when women start outearning their spouses they begin to compensate. They try to hide it by putting complete financial control in the husband's hands or earmarking the woman's income to pay the bills. Other times, the woman feels so guilty that she takes on more and more of the housework. Rarely will either spouse admit that the woman is the breadwinner. More of these families split up than average - is there a solution?

Marriage Beats Money for Happiness
When reaching for the happiness, it's better to go for the golden ring than the greenback. A poll of 1,010 adults shows most Americans are generally satisfied with the way their personal life is going. But those with higher incomes and especially those who are married are more likely to say they're very happy with their life. Married adults at any income level were as likely, if not more likely, to report being happy than even the wealthiest unmarried adults. Combining the results of the 2006 poll with those from 2005 and 2004, researchers say marriage may be more strongly associated with personal happiness than money.

Can buy you love - many women agree
The truth is that financial matters can play a big part in a relationship - and research shows that many women agree. More than half of those surveyed in the Yorkshire region said they considered financial security to be important to relationships. They did buck the national trend with 40% of those surveyed saying good looks were important in a partner compared to 32% who said they preferred a healthy bank balance. But they also said that they only considered a man to be wealthy when his annual salary hit an average of a whopping 41,273.

Money can buy love, study reveals
Study found 97% of 34 people who won more than 1m were just as happy, if not happier, than before. Researchers also found money can buy you love: 68% of winners were married pre-jackpot, rising to 75% afterwards. None missed working or found that the money caused domestic arguments or led to relationship breakdowns. Only 3% of winners said they were less happy than before, citing new pressures in their lives.

Men who make money can't wait to marry, but women can
Men who make money can't wait to marry. But well-to-do women are in no such hurry. Working women are 50% more likely to move in with their partner and 15% less likely to marry. Men with money are only 13% more likely to live with their partner before marriage, but 26% more likely to get hitched. But financially secure women prefer cohabitation so they can focus on their careers without juggling domestic duties. "For women, marriage often entails hanging up the briefcase. Their housework goes up, and if there are children, the woman tends to become the primary caretaker."

Your position in society depends mainly on who you marry
Your position in society depends mainly on who you marry, research shows. Social mobility whether people remain in the same class and income bracket into which they were born is mainly explained by marriage. When "like marries like", people tend not to be socially mobile. The research suggests that the "like marries like" phenomenon survives, despite dramatic social change in recent decades. "Women on the whole tend to marry up; they want a man who is wealthier, has a higher status than they do. Men tend to marry down. The reality is that women want the man to be the primary earner."

Cost of divorce is keeping more couples together
Fewer couples are divorcing after less than five years of marriage because they cannot afford to buy a home on their own, figures suggest. Paula Hall said that as many as half the couples she saw were prepared to "stick it out", or work on their relationship, because the financial implications of divorce were so severe. Having spent much of their life in pursuit of material wealth, couples were not going to throw it away, particularly if children were involved, she said.

Guys who set out to "impress women" are done before they even start
When most men set out to attract a woman, the first thing they want to do is "impress her." They may show up in a fancy car (rented, sometimes) take her to a 5 star restaurant, and "flash the cash" all in the hopes that she'll like him. If he flashes enough cash, she'll hang around to spend it all, sucking him dry. Or she'll just dismiss him as another waldo with more money than brains, and a small self image. Why? Because the desire to impress someone is a way of giving authority in the relationship to them, a sure attraction killer with women.