Would you be surprised to know that women are more often the one to initiate a divorce? According to an article by Divorce Coach Cindy Holbrook at yourtango.com, it’s true. She cites data from the National Center for Health Statistics that says two-thirds of the time it’s the woman who files for divorce.
Cindy also says, “A more amazing statistic is that when the couple are college educated, divorce initiated by the wife is a whopping 90 percent! What’s more interesting that for the past 100 years the primary filer has been the woman. The divorce rate began climbing at a drastic rate in the 70s. This statistic correlates with the fact that beginning in 1969, states began adopting “no fault” divorce laws and by 1985, all states had such a law in place.”
Since women are more often the instigator of divorce, what do you think is their #1 reason for doing so? If you guessed finances (as many people do) you would be wrong. A Pennsylvania State University study reveals the following as the top ten reasons women get divorced:
3. Drinking/Drug Use
4. Grew Apart
5. Personality problems
6. Lack of communication
7. Physical or mental abuse
8. Loss of love
9. Not meeting family obligations
10. Employment problems
Are you thinking about divorce? Or are you already in the middle of one, or finished a divorce? If so, whether you’re a man or woman, we would love to hear from you with your #1 reason. Please leave a comment below.