Are men or women more likely to initiate divorce?

|May 4, 2020 | divorce

Marriage provides the opportunity to build a life with someone you love. Some choose to raise a family, some prefer a lifetime of experiences without being tied down, and other couples decide to attack both options. Marriage is a path of trials and triumphs. For some people, the trials become too much to bear and choose to pull the plug.

The thing to remember is that it is okay to get divorced. It may not seem like the right decision initially, but more often than not, both partners benefit in the long run.

When a couple gets divorced, lifestyle changes are expected, at least for a while. You may need to trim the budget and downsize for the time being – or you may benefit from a divorce settlement and see a peak in your finances. If you have kids, these wholesale changes will also include adhering to child custody and co-parenting agreements.

The question remains, are men or women more likely to profess that they want a divorce?

A one-sided decision

The results discovered by the University of Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld, are pretty one-sided. The study from 2009-2015, covered heterosexual marriages between people ages 19 to 94, and identified that women initiate nearly 70% of divorces.

A large number of female respondents cited outdated marriage expectations and gender inequality as the reason for the unhappiness and eventual divorce. These women stated that their marriages were accompanied by controlling husbands and feelings of lost independence.

While household work and childcare have become more equal in recent years, women often carry more weight in these areas. Marriage is usually full of unexpressed expectations, and poor communication can lead to all sorts of problems. If you still have feelings for your spouse, consider trying to rekindle your marriage and compassion for each other. If your marriage has reached its conclusion, you deserve a family attorney who will focus on you and, if applicable, your children’s best interests.

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