According to a 2020 study by the Pew Research Center, women initiated 69% of divorces in the United States. This has been the case for decades, and the trend is only expected to continue. According to Lawrence Datz, a Jacksonville attorney who has been in the family law practice for 40 years, there are a number of reasons for women seeking this change. Some of the major reasons include…

Importantly, one should note these are just some of the reasons why women initiate divorce more than men. Many other factors contribute to divorce, and each individual case is different. And while the reasons listed above are some of the most common reasons why women decide to end their marriages, a few other factors may contribute to why women initiate divorce more than men. These include:

  1. Lack of social support: Women are more likely than men to lack social support from their friends and family making it more difficult for them to cope with the challenges of divorce. The lack of or minimal support, also can make them feel more isolated and alone.
  2. Childcare responsibilities: Women are more likely than men to be the primary caregivers for their children. This can make it more difficult for them to leave their marriages, as they may worry about how they will manage childcare and other parental responsibilities on their own.
  3. Financial constraints: Women are more likely than men to live in poverty after divorce leading to difficulties for them to support themselves and their children and to rebuild their lives.

Despite these challenges, many women who initiate divorce go on to live happy and fulfilling lives. They find new partners, build successful careers, and raise happy and healthy children. Divorce can be a difficult experience, but it can also be a new beginning.