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The reasons women initiate divorce

| Feb 11, 2020 | Family Law |

When thinking of divorce, the usual image that comes to mind is that of a neglected, middle-aged woman being cast aside in favor of a younger model by her philandering husband. However, the reality is usually different. In over 70% of divorces, women are the ones initiating the separation. Women in Alabama may decide to end a marriage for any number of reasons, but they usually fall into one of these main categories.

Women may complain of not thriving in their marriage. In the current economy, most women are in the workforce and contributing to the financial well-being of their families. Despite their economic contributions, women are still tasked with the majority of household chores. Women can feel stifled with such an arrangement and be left feeling like they’re doing it all on their own anyway.

On top of the physical work of running a household, women usually carry a larger share of the emotional work involved as well. Women tend to be more competent in helping others process their emotions and in facilitating communication with their friends and family. Doing so gives women a wider circle of support and more people to turn to in difficult times whereas men tend to get all of their emotional support from their wives.

Without the tie of being financially or emotionally dependent on their husbands, most women are less willing to tolerate bad behavior from men. Gone are the days when most women would turn a blind eye to infidelity to ensure their financial future.

No matter which partner chooses to file for divorce, couples may benefit from the help of a lawyer experienced in family law matters such as child support decrees, spousal support and child custody modifications.