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Are men or women more likely to file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2024 | Divorce

When looking at divorce trends, you may find yourself interested in who files for divorce more. In traditional, opposite-sex marriages, do men or women seek to end those relationships more often? Even when the divorce itself is amicable and both parties are cooperating, one person may be the first to file that paperwork or push for the divorce.

In the majority of cases, this partner is female. Women file for divorce more often than men. What are some of the potential reasons for this trend?

Lack of assistance

In some cases, researchers suggest that women feel they lack assistance from their partner. They have to work, raise the children and take care of the house. They feel that they are doing everything and that they’re not really in a partnership, so they seek a divorce.

Female independence

Men have long enjoyed some level of financial independence, but generations of women found themselves unable to work and seeking marriages as a form of financial security. In today’s world, though, women can have their own jobs and careers, so some of them will seek a divorce because they now feel the freedom to live their lives as they choose.

Mismatched expectations

Finally, there are some situations in which men and women expect different things out of the marriage. Women may be more likely to feel emotionally unfulfilled and not as close to their partner. If they do feel this way, they may also be more likely to file for a divorce and end the relationship as a result.

These are just a few reasons for divorce to keep in mind. Those who are going through this process need to consider their parental rights and legal options.