Women file for divorce more often than men. One 2015 study found that women filed for nearly 70 percent of divorces in heterosexual marriages. However, there was about a 50/50 split when it came to ending a non-marital relationship.
A new study out of England may be showing that this trend is reversing. In 2016, British men filed for 40 percent of divorces, up 13 percent from the previous year. While the data may not translate directly to the U.S., it is indicative of broader social trends. Nor is this a reflection of the younger generation. The divorce rate is increasing only for the over-50 age group, and in the average length of divorce in the U.S. is 8 years.
Social media an instigator of infidelity
One reason men may be filing more for divorce may include infidelity. According to a 2013 Kinsey Institute study, for the first time women are having extramarital affairs at about the same rate as men. As women have become financially independent, the rise of online dating sites continues and the nature of marriage has changed, more women are straying in unhappy relationships.
Social media has contributed to the opportunity to find relationships outside of marriage. Old flames, casual acquaintances and others are easily accessible. And with social media, the line between casual friendship and emotional cheating can be blurry.
Men and women both have issues to consider in divorce
Regardless of who files for divorce, there are numerous issues to consider, particularly for those over the age of 50. From preserving retirement assets to maintaining relationships with children, divorce can be complex, particularly when there are complex assets to divide and emotions from ending a long marriage.
For those divorcing, resolving all issues in a way that preserves financial freedom and family relationships is integral. An experienced family law attorney can help.