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Women initiate divorce far more often than men

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2019 | Divorce |

No Arizona spouse enters into marriage consciously thinking about divorce. However, it’s likely resonating somewhere in their collective subconscious. For years, the conventional wisdom has been that about half of marriages are ultimately doomed to fail, and many studies tend to generally support that supposition. That being the case, many may also expect the initiation of divorce to be a 50/50 proposition, but this is not backed by the statistics. In fact, wives begin dissolution proceedings far more often than husbands.

Studies by various social researchers have revealed that women are at least twice as likely as men to start the divorce ball rolling. Wives who have a college education initiate divorce 90% of the time. The numbers may vary, but the conclusion is unequivocal; a woman is far more apt to reach a point of no return in a marriage than a man. The researchers also postulated several reasons why this seeming imbalance is true.

Some of the main causes may come as no surprise. Money problems, infidelity, substance abuse and physical or emotional abuse are often deal-breakers for any marriage, with the negative behavior more likely to start with the husband. Most other issues center on lack of emotional fulfillment. Women, more than men, are seemingly less willing to remain in a union characterized by a lack of intimacy or a lack of communication.

For many couples, divorce is the right choice in consideration of all the circumstances. When that becomes obvious, the couple may have to make important decisions regarding property division, child custody and spousal support. An experienced family law attorney can help a soon-to-be ex-spouse through the separation process.