There have been some interesting studies in recent years that indicate that women in Western nations are largely the driving force when it comes time to end a marriage.
In fact, the statistics say that 70% of divorces in the United States are initiated by women, and a study of divorces in the U.K. gave similar results.
What causes women to seek a divorce?
Human relationships are endlessly complex, so every situation may be a little different. That being said, there’s no denying that the economic independence of Western women has made them increasingly unlikely to stay in unhappy marriages.
Divorces weren’t uncommon in the past because couples were much happier. First, they were hard to accomplish, but the advent of “no-fault” divorces in the U.S. has eased the process and made them readily accessible. Second, women just didn’t have the means to leave, especially if they had children – especially if they couldn’t rely on their ex-spouses to provide them with adequate support.
Neither of these factors fully explains why women often make the final call when it comes to a divorce. Here’s what does:
- Marriage tends to give men more benefits, including better health and more earning power, while women tend to experience the opposite.
- Women end up doing the heavy lifting when it comes to childcare and housework, and that can lead to increasing dissatisfaction with their lives and burnout.
- Women usually have stronger social networks and support systems to lean on, and they may feel more secure about their social standing after a divorce than men.
- Women tend to be socialized toward a higher social intelligence than men, which also means they are more conscious of problems in a relationship.
Essentially, now that women have the ability to freely leave unhappy marriages, they now longer have to settle for relationships that are just unfulfilling or outright harmful to their overall well-being.
If you’re a woman who is considering divorce, it’s wise to find out more about the legal process. The more you know about how divorces work here in Nebraska, the easier it will be to make informed choices.