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Wives may be more likely to file for divorce

A recent study took a look at marriage and divorce among heterosexual Americans and found that when a marriage is faltering, wives are more likely to file for divorce than husbands. Researchers looked at data collected from more than 2,000 adults who were either married or in committed relationships. While it appears that men and women end dating relationships at approximately the same rate, women seek divorce at significantly higher rates than men. This may come as a surprise to many in Florida.

While the researchers did not delve into the reasoning behind this perceived trend, a number of assumptions can be made based on our ever-shifting cultural norms. In decades past, women may have been fearful of leaving an unfulfilling marriage due to the social stigma that accompanied divorce. It was also harder for women to earn an income high enough to support their own needs and those of their children. Those factors have changed over the years, and women are now in a far better position to live independently.

In addition, various research suggests that women are often unsatisfied with the quality of their personal romantic relationships. Statistics show that women continue to earn less than men, continue to assume the bulk of responsibility for household and child-rearing tasks and often feel constrained within their marriages. These factors may combine and create a willingness to leave a marriage behind and seek new horizons.

For women who are considering divorce, it is essential to understand how the financial aspects of the split will impact one's budget in the years to come. This is different for everyone, as matters of child support and spousal support are influenced by each spouse's income and assets. However, a Florida divorce attorney can run the numbers and provide an estimate of how the financial landscape might look after a divorce. For many women, having the assurance that it will be possible to make ends meet is the final step before taking action to file for divorce.

Source: livescience.com, "Women Are More Likely to Initiate Divorce, But Not Dating Breakups", Laura Geggel, Aug. 22, 2015

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