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Women more likely to initiate the divorce process

Texas residents who might be thinking about terminating their marriage might be interested to learn that a recent study found that there is a higher probability that the female spouse will be the one to initiate a divorce first in opposite-sex marriages. The study authors suggested that the reason for this relates to the roles both genders play in marriage, which still is often affected by traditional social pressures.

The study found that women initiated the divorce process 69 percent of the time. The study was the result of data collection from 2,262 adults who were in heterosexual relationships. Interestingly, the percentages for who initiated a separation in a non-marital relationship varied greatly from those of married couples, with both genders asking for a split at about the same rate.

The study's lead author suggested that the higher percentage of women that ask for divorces might be due to them responding to the social pressures women are under when it comes to marriage, which can include falling in very traditional roles. The tensions brought on by this pressure, such as that to take a husband's surname and to bear the brunt of the responsibility of child care and housework, can become the basis for seeking a divorce. Additionally, women tend to be more intuitive about the health of a relationship, which might prompt some women to ask to end the marriage.

A variety of legal issues come into play when a couple is ending their marriage, including property division and spousal support. A family law attorney might be of assistance to an estranged spouse in negotiating a settlement agreement that incorporates these and other matters.

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