According to the American Sociological Association, women initiate roughly 70% of all divorces in California and throughout the United States. One of the key reasons why a woman would want a divorce is the feeling that marriage is holding her back. Despite the fact that they make up a majority of the workforce, most women haven’t seen any change in their responsibilities at home as they take on more work outside the home.
A Bureau of Labor Statistics report found that 49% of female respondents said that they did housework on a daily basis. Only 20% of male respondents said the same thing despite the fact that both partners were employed. Ultimately, a woman who is focused on her career may feel as if marriage is a burden and seek a split from her husband.
A woman may also feel burdened by the fact that she expresses her emotions more often than her husband. Generally speaking, men are more reluctant to talk about their feelings than women are. Finally, women may be less likely to want to remain with a partner who is emotionally or physically abusive. Women may also be more likely to end a marriage to someone who has committed infidelity. Research suggests that this is true in heterosexual marriages as well as those involving two women.
Regardless of who initiates a divorce, it may be necessary to divide marital property in the final divorce settlement. It might also be necessary to determine if either party is entitled to spousal support or other financial assistance. An attorney may help an individual gather and organize financial and other information that may be useful in crafting a settlement. An attorney may also help a parent make a case to obtain custody or visitation rights to a son or daughter.