Thursday, March 06, 2008

Who files for divorce most often?

A reader of this blog e-mailed me with this question, and I thought I would turn it over to you the readers:

"I heard that 80-90% of divorces in the church are filed by women... do you have any idea if this is true?"

Does anyone know?


Michael Kruse said...

I was reading recently that 70% of divorces are initiated by women. I remember thinking it was reliable source but I can't remember where I read it. If I remember, I'll get back to ya.

Larry said...

The proportion of divorces initiated by women ranged around 60% for most of the 20th century, and climbed to more than 70% in the late 1960s when no-fault divorce was introduced: so says a just-released study by law professor Margaret Brinig of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia and Douglas Allen, economist at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University. The researchers undertook one of the largest studies ever on divorce, using 46,000 cases from the four American states that keep statistics on which partner initiates the action. In addition to women filing twice as often, the researchers found, they are more likely to instigate separations and marriage break ups.

Glad I could help -Larry Bilotta

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know these womens' reasons for initiating separations and divorce. If I recall, the one's initiating extra-marital affairs, for example, is still fairly unbalanced in the opposite direction. Of course, I have no idea what the original thread of this thought had to do with, but I always think it important to think of the broader context.