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Osborne Morris & Morgan > News and Articles > Family > Women now less likely to seek an early divorce

Women now less likely to seek an early divorce

Posted on 23 Mar 2016, in Family

As the divorce rate initiated by wives in the first five years of their marriage falls, researchers attribute the trend in the figures to men behaving better. They point out that the changes in society over the past 30 years has meant that men are less inclined to enter a marriage because of peer pressure and are more likely to marry out of choice. The figures gleaned from the Office for National Statistics include the statistics of marriages held in Bedfordshire.

The research by the Marriage Foundation shows that 7.9 per cent of women who were married in 1986 filed for divorce within five years of their wedding day, and that by 2013 that figure fell to 4.2 percent. The founder of the organisation said that men entering the marriage wholeheartedly were more likely to meet the challenges of family life in a responsible and committed manner. The days when a man felt obliged to enter a marriage to conform with social attitudes were past.

Other analysts have also noted that the 1980’s were a time when women were challenging the idea of being the stay-at-home parent and demanded equality in the domestic scene. As men have come to accept the idea of contributing more at home, this has led to less conflict between couples and longer marriages. The number of husbands filing for divorce in the first five years of their marriages has also dropped, from 3 per cent of those who got married in 1993 to 2.2 per cent for 2008 weddings.

In situations where a relationship breaks down, the length of the marriage may have an impact on the division of the marital property. In family law, a partnership that has lasted over 15 years is considered a long marriage, and a solicitor knowledgeable in property division may offer advice regarding the effect that a shorter relationship may have when negotiating a financial settlement.


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