Study Finds Wives More Likely To Ask For Divorces

Study Finds Wives More Likely To Ask For Divorces

North Carolina husbands may be surprised to learn their wives are more likely to ask them for a divorce than they are to ask their wives for one. Equality may be at the heart of the matter.

Researchers recently reported to the American Sociological Association that 69 percent of women asked for divorces in a study group of 2,262 married adults, while only 31 percent of husbands filed for divorces. When unmarried couples of the opposite sex lived together and then decided to break up, the split was along more equal lines.

Stanford University researchers say women are becoming more accustomed to equality in relationships. This may have started in the workplace where they are holding down jobs that are equal to or better than men, and they now feel this equality should extend into marriage. Women are keeping their maiden names rather than taking on their husband’s last name after the ceremony. Husbands expect their wives to do all the housework and child care. Researchers say unmarried couples living together do not have these expectations and can be more flexible when it comes to dividing up household chores.

The end of a marriage that began with much joy and hope for the future can be traumatic and stressful, regardless of which spouse initiated the action. Couples have many decisions to make, including any alimony to be paid, dividing their assets and debts, child custody and visitation rights, and what will be done about the family home. Making these decisions can be difficult. A person who is contemplating a divorce may want to consult with a family law attorney about these and other issues.

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