Are men or women more likely to initiate divorce?

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2022 | Family Law

It is no secret that many people who marry for the first time in Arizona and across the nation ultimately wind up divorced. Yet, new research shows that one party in the marriage is statistically more likely to pull the plug on the marriage than the other one.

Per Psychology Today, somewhere between about 43% and 46% of first-time marriages end in divorce. More often than not, it is the woman who decides to initiate the divorce.

How often women initiate divorce

Women make the first move in ending a different-sex marriage in about two-thirds of all instances. Yet, they are actually less likely than their male partners to end non-marital relationships. Also, single women report desiring marriage more often than single men. Yet, upon marrying, women are more likely to express dissatisfaction in their unions than men.

Why women often initiate divorce

Studies suggest that women fare better than men in the financial sense in the immediate aftermath of a divorce. Some women are also increasingly opting for divorce because, due to recent innovations and technological advances in fertility treatments, they no longer feel as if they need husbands to have children. Also, historically, many women relied on their partners to work and support them financially. Yet, nowadays, many working women have their own income streams, making them less dependent on their spouses.

Some believe that a major reason many women initiate divorce is that the traditional marriage system came from a different era. The gender norms that once made marriage work are no longer necessarily “norms,” leading women to take a second look at why they stay in marital relationships.