Why Are Women More Likely to Initiate Divorce?

Women seemed happier with their marriages in the past. Back in the ‘50s, women were homemakers who managed the home and kids while the husband worked. They were not expected to work outside the home.

Now that we’re in the 21st century, times have changed. Women are in the workforce earning as much or even more than their husbands, yet they are still expected to perform the role of homemaker once they get home. This is especially true if they have children. They are tired and stressed. They expect a lot out of relationships and, most of the time, end up receiving very little.

Men, on the other hand, are typically happy with their marriages. They work and come home to dinner. They may get to watch TV or play video games. Meanwhile, their wives are in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and caring for children, among other things.

Marriages have experienced high levels of inequality in the past few decades. Women expect their husbands to help out around the house. Men expect their wives to do it all. This leaves women frustrated and filing for divorce at high rates. In fact, one study of 2,262 adults in heterosexual marriages showed that women filed for divorce 69% of the time.

What Leads to Divorce?

There are many factors that can lead to divorce, but for women, it’s the feeling of dissatisfaction. Society places a huge emphasis on romance, particularly with events such as weddings and Valentine’s Day. Women want a partner who fulfills all their needs. They are in search of a man who can not only be their husband, but who is also their best friend, a great lover, a fun guy, someone who works and pays the bills.

Women expect a lot. They think that marriage will come with a lot of benefits, but in many cases, they end up shouldering most of the responsibility. The fantasy does not meet reality, and it becomes a huge disappointment.

Controlling husbands are also a common cause of divorce. Jealousy is prevalent among men. They marry attractive women and feel threatened by them. They don’t want to lose them to another man, so they control their every move. They may forbid them to go to certain places or even visit with friends. This causes women to feel like they have lost their independence, and this creates discontent in a marriage.

Contact a Maryland Divorce Lawyer Today

Women have the upper hand when it comes to filing for divorce. With many the breadwinners of their marriage, they are becoming bolder with their choices. If they are no longer fulfilled in their marriage, they will end it and move on.

Are you a woman who is considering divorce? If so, the Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you understand the process as well as the options available. While divorce can be stressful and scary, we can help you move forward in a positive way. We have two locations in Maryland to serve you. Schedule a free consultation by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987.





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