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Why are women more likely to file for divorce?

It’s common knowledge that roughly half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. What’s less known, though, is that most of these divorces are initiated by women.

A recent study has shown that women initiate about 70% of all divorces. Some studies have shown that statistic is even higher. This is unlike breakups outside of marriages, where it’s equally likely for men and women to end the relationship. There are several explanations for the high divorce statistics among women:

Women are less likely to stay in unhappy marriages.

Communication, romance and reassurance are all part of a happy marriage. When these characteristics are missing, women are likely to find a way out. Their husbands, on the other hand, may try to “man up” and remain in the failing relationship.

Men worry they may lose more in a divorce.

It’s a common misconception that men have more to lose in court when it comes to child custody and money. They may worry that they will see their children less or pay a lot of money to their ex-spouse. Consequently, they may avoid separation.

Women are financially independent.

Years ago, women were more likely to depend on their husbands for financial support while taking care of child and home duties. That’s not the case anymore. More women have good careers that make it more realistic for them to leave an unhappy marriage.

There is less stigma surrounding divorce.

Women may feel more comfortable leaving marriages because there’s less judgment about the decision than there used to be. In the past, divorce was looked on as taboo. Today, people are not expected to stay in unhappy marriages.

Whether you are married for one year or 50 years, you want that marriage to be happy and healthy. Everyone deserves that. And more often, women are filing for divorce when that is not the case.