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Why Do Women Initiate Divorce More Often Than Men?


While we vow to stay with our partner until death do us part, marriages don’t always last forever. In fact, nearly half of them end in divorce.

While the stereotype is that women are the ones who want to get married, the truth is that they are one who want to get divorced when things aren’t going right. In fact, studies show that 70% of divorces are initiated by women. When accounting for just college-educated women, that figure jumps up to 90%. Why are there so many women wanting to end their marriages?

The main reason is that while women have a lot at risk after a divorce, such as less money and fewer assets, they tend to be happier. Many women feel a great degree of satisfaction after divorce. This is often due to mismatches. Women marry for one reason, and end up getting something else. Here are several reasons why women are likely to initiate divorce.


Historically, men were the primary wage earners. Women desired these rich, resourceful men. Society has changed dramatically since then. Nowadays, women are earning money at high rates. In some cases, they are the breadwinners, outearning their husbands. This is an issue for women desiring a partner who is wealthy and is more successful than they are. Being the breadwinner also tends to lead to relationship dissatisfaction for married women who earn more than their husbands and achieve a higher status.


There is also a mismatch when it comes to caregiving. Women have a natural tendency to warn to care for their spouse and children. This means that, on top of working a full-time job and possibly outearning their husbands, women also have to take on the bulk of childcare and household tasks. This not only adds to their workload, but it also increases stress, which in turn decreases relationship satisfaction and sexual desire.

Spouse’s Behavior

Many men change their behavior after marriage. It’s not uncommon for them to go from romantic to controlling and even abusive. In the past, women would put up with this behavior because they relied on their husbands for survival. This is no longer the case for the modern woman. Women nowadays are no longer willing to put up with their husband’s unacceptable behavior, whether it’s lying, infidelity, abuse, addiction, or something else. When a woman is fed up, she no longer has to stick around. Women have the option to leave and many are not afraid to divorce and look for happiness.

Seek Legal Help

Many women often have to do everything in a relationship. While the man may work, the woman often has to balance a job, children, housework, and everything else. It becomes exhausting, with many women happier on their own.

Are you an unhappily married woman? If so, Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help you divorce with ease. Find happiness again. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call 954-764-4330.



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