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Why do women file for divorce more often?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2023 | Divorce |

Both men and women do file for divorce, but studies have found that women are more likely to do it or that they do it more of the time. Even if their spouses agree, they are the ones to initiate it.

Have you ever wondered why this is? As it turns out, there are many different factors that all contribute. Here are a few of them.

Divorce is fairly new

First and foremost, if you go back just 100 years, divorce was relatively uncommon. It happens much more often today and is relatively new (as a common practice) in human history. In other words, women who were unhappy before may have felt like they didn’t have any other options. Today, they do have the option of divorce.

Economic independence

Another positive benefit for women in recent decades is that they have become much more economically independent. Even if you just go back to the 1950s, women were much less likely to work. They were dependent on their husbands and felt they couldn’t get divorced. Now they are only dependent on themselves so they can choose whatever they would like.

Different expectations

In some cases, women just have different expectations than men, especially when it comes to emotional needs. Men are more likely to feel that their emotional needs are being met by their marriage, while women are not. If a woman discovers that her spouse is not going to change, she may seek a divorce and a new relationship.

These are definitely not all of the reasons why women file for divorce more often than men, but they do shed some light on the situation. Those who are going through a divorce should be well aware of the legal steps they need to take.