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Why do women file for divorce more often?

A new study presented this year to the American Sociological Association revealed that women are more likely than their males spouses to file for divorce, and one reason for this appears to be that women are not as satisfied with their marriages as their spouses. The student included 2,262 adults in heterosexual relationships. The participants answered questions about their relationship status over a span of five years, and the sample included those married and nonmarried.

The study found that women were the initiating party in 69 percent of the divorces. Previous research supports this finding, but what was interesting here is that the study found that for nonmarriage relationships, there was no one gender who initiated the separation more frequently. For couples who were not married, the breakup initiation was fairly equally split between the male and female respondents.

The study also found that married women reported lower levels of marital satisfaction than the males who were married. The study author proposed that possible reasons for this included the expectations for women in marriages and the fact that many women now work full time outside of the home and no longer need a man for financial support.

People grow and change as they get older, and it's very common for people to find out that marriage is not quite what they expected or that they have differing views on important things than their spouses after the marriage has taken place. In these situations, it's normal to wonder if divorce might be an option; however, it's important to understand the pros, cons and possible pitfalls before making a final decision.

Source: The Washington Post, "Women are more likely to initiate divorce," Yanan Wang, Aug. 27, 2015

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