Friday, March 07, 2008

Women file for divorce twice as often

Ask and you shall receive... In answer to yesterday's question:

"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."

Thank you Larry!

This doesn't address the religion question, but it's still very interesting.


Anonymous said...

If a woman files for divorce, it doesn't necessarily mean she initiated the divorce. In the late 1970s when my then husband asked for a divorce to marry his girlfriend, I filed for divorce to "save face."

Brad Wright said...

Interesting--I hadn't thought about that. Thank you for commenting.

Ann Marie said...

I agree. I also think that times have changed and people are starting to follow suit. I work for, it is an online community for women navigating through the various stages of divorce and life thereafter. Back in the 60s women we still expected to be housewives that vacumed in high heels and wore pearl necklaces. I think that as a people the ideologies of the past are no longer acceptable to us and women have shown that in many ways. One maybe being the rise in this rate.

Just my two cents
Ann Marie

Brad Wright said...

Thank you for posting Ann Marie. It certainly seems that in some divorces, it's the right action for the person (often the women) to take...