Do Women Initiate Divorce More than Men, and If So, Why?

Statistics clearly show that women initiate divorce significantly more often than men.

Information published in an American Law and Economics Review by Margaret F. Brinig and Douglas W. Allen included statistics from various studies covering a period of more than 100 years (1867 through 1995). The statistics showed a greater percentage of women filed for divorce than men. Estimates indicated approximately 69 percent of divorces were filed by women during this time period.

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In an article published by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture the reasons given for couples wanting a divorce included:

  • Wanting to pursue a different life
  • Tired of making a poor match work
  • Revelations from spouse’s past
  • Different financial priorities/spending patterns
  • Alcohol or drug problems
  • Spouse unresponsive to needs
  • Emotional abuse
  • Married too young
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual infidelity
  • Spouse’s pornography use
  • Abandonment
  • Insurmountable cultural or religious issues
  • Problems with spouse’s family
  • Spouse’s immaturity

Some spouses had multiple reasons. The main reasons were infidelity by either party (37%), spouse unresponsive to your needs (32%), grew tired of making a poor match work (30%), spouse’s immaturity (30%), emotional abuse (29%), financial priorities/spending patterns (24%) and alcohol and drug abuse (23%).

However, women cited reasons that men rarely listed, which included pornography use, physical abuse, emotional abuse and drug/alcohol problems.

Whatever your reasons for wanting divorce, neither you or your spouse has to shoulder the blame because no-fault divorce is an option in Texas. No-fault grounds are “insupportability,” defined as personality discord or conflict that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

Our attorneys at C.E. Borman & Associates can discuss divorce and help you take the best course of action to protect your rights and interests.

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