Pennsylvania residents may have an interest in learning more about why recent studies indicated that wives are more likely to initiate divorce than husbands. Researchers found that women filed a petition for divorce around 69 percent of the time. When the couple is not married, men and women are just as likely to propose the break-up. Authors of the study attribute this dynamic to the clash between contemporary gender roles and the antiquity of traditional marital roles. Built-up baggage and unmet expectations were also identified as factors contributing to the difference between the two types of relationships.
Non-marital relationships were determined to be better assimilated for gender equality in modern society, and more flexible as well. Some of the discord in marriages may be attributed to husbands still expecting wives to manage the majority of the childcare and household responsibilities. Authors of the study claim that conventional marriages may be failing to keep pace with the changes associated with modern gender equality in public forums, such as on the job. In many marriages, the wife may still be pressured to adopt her husband’s surname. Many wives may become dissatisfied with the decline in gender equality they have at home in comparison to their community and workplace.
Previously, researchers believed that women were more likely to petition for divorce because they were more prone to the emotional fluctuations that can occur during a relationship. The study surveyed over 2,200 people with partners of the opposite sex, and was it carried out by the American Sociological Association. The respondents provided information about their relationships from 2015 back to 2009. Overall, couples who were not married but lived together tended to be more gender neutral than the married couples.
Spouses who need more information about an impending divorce proceeding may benefit from speaking to a lawyer. Legal counsel might be able to assist spouses with negotiating terms for property division, spousal support and a parenting plan. Lawyers may also be prepared to help divorcing spouses prepare for life after the proceeding is finalized.