Reasons women initiate divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2020 | Divorce

Although popular culture reinforces the stereotype of men leaving their wives for younger women, the truth of the matter is that it is usually women who ultimately decide to end their marriages. In fact, women initiate divorce in almost 70 percent of cases. While every case is unique, couples in Colorado may be interested to know some of the main factors that go into women’s decisions to divorce.


Inequality in the household

Women are more likely to feel that they are being held back by their marriage. Despite the fact that women make up a little more than half of the workforce, they are still expected to do the lion’s share of chores at home. Both men and women expect women to carry more of the physical labor of housekeeping and childrearing. Women can be left feeling that if they are going to do the work alone, they may as well be alone.


Carrying the emotional weight

In addition to the physical labor of keeping the house and family going, women are often putting in more emotional labor as well. They tend to be their husband’s sole source of emotional support. This can feel like another weight when they are already loaded down. Women normally have more outlets for their emotions and are more likely to share their feelings with their friends and family, which can lead to them feeling they will have emotional support if they choose to leave.

Finally, women are less likely to put up with poor behavior than they were in the past. Negative stereotypes regarding divorce have all but vanished, so many women are less reluctant to leave a spouse who may be cheating or just lazy. Without societal pressure to stay in an unhappy marriage, women are more likely to leave.

If you are facing divorce, regardless of who is initiating it, a lawyer with experience in family law matters may be able to help you reach the best outcome in your case. Navigating divorce law can be tricky, and an attorney may be able to advocate effectively for you.