Two recent studies, one conducted by Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld and another produced by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), looked at who initiates divorce more often, men or women.

You might be surprised that both studies found that the vast majority of divorces in the U.S. were initiated by women. By a wide margin.

According to the NCHS, about 80 percent of all divorces are legally filed by women. In the study done by sociologist Rosenfeld, a survey using data from 2009-2015 found 70 percent of marriages were initiated by women. In both studies, this applied to heterosexual marriages of all age ranges. It didn’t matter whether the couple was in their early 20s or in their 90s.

So why is this? San Diego Collaborative Family Law Group member Myra Chack Fleischer examines the issue in a recent column for Communities Digital News:


This is who asks for a divorce more often