Though many people in Alabama may believe that women are typically more eager than men to jump into marriage, it is also the case that women are often the ones to call it quits. According to a 2015 nationally representative study, about 70% of divorces in heterosexual relationships are initiated by women.

Interestingly, the likelihood of women to initiate divorce is not limited to opposite-sex relationships. A survey in the U.K. revealed that 78% of same-sex marriages ending in divorce were between two women.

There are many reasons women may seek divorce more often than men. For starters, despite women now constituting approximately half the workforce, they are still more than twice as likely to do daily housework as their husbands, even when both are working full-time jobs. Women who want to get ahead in their careers may resent having to take on these dual roles, and they may feel like their marriage is holding them back. Additionally, when women do succeed in their careers, their husbands are not always supportive. Some husbands struggle with the concept of their wives earning more money than they do, which can take a toll on the marriage.

Women are also more likely than men to have a strong support system, making them less emotionally dependent on men. Additionally, now that women are less financially dependent on men, wives may feel they no longer need to tolerate serious transgressions, such as adultery or abuse.

Though it may be a shock for a man to be on the receiving end of a divorce filing, there is no need to go through the experience alone. An experienced Alabama family law attorney may help those who feel lost and overwhelmed navigate the divorce process.