While every marriage and every divorce is different, there are some commonalities that frequently occur. Pennsylvania residents may or may not be surprised to find out that women are more likely to initiate the divorce process in opposite sex relationships. Researchers who conducted a survey called 'How Couples Meet and Stay Together" told the American Sociological Association that their findings indicated that women were more likely than men to suggest a divorce.
The survey was comprised of responses from 2,262 adults who had opposite sex partners, and the participants were asked questions about their relationship status during the period from 2009 to 2015. Women were more likely to ask for a divorce, but gender was not a big factor when ending a non-marital relationship. Men and women who lived together without being married were equally likely to start a breakup while 69 percent of women initiated the divorce process.
Most previous studies also reported that women are the ones who are more likely to request a divorce The researchers guessed that heightened sensitivities made women more likely to leave marriages and non-marital unions alike. The data from this survey may indicate that this is not the case because marital relationships are still burdened by societal conventions that suggest wives defer to their husbands. Since non-marital relationships may be more flexible and equal, this may make who ends the relationship more equal too and irrelevant of gender.
Many couples face similar decisions when ending a marriage regardless of who initiates the divorce. If a prenuptial agreement is not in place, spouses must figure out how to split things like assets, property and debts. When children are involved, both parties must also consider custody, child support and parenting plans. A person who is facing these issues may want to obtain the advice and counsel of a family law attorney.