Wives more sat­is­fied as hus­bands wise up: study

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

WOMEN are less likely to seek a di­vorce in the first five years of mar­riage to­day than they were 30 years ago be­cause their hus­bands have more re­al­is­tic expectations, ac­cord­ing to a pro-mar­riage re­searcher.

Ac­cord­ing to the anal­y­sis, fewer women are ask­ing for a di­vorce early in their mar­riage be­cause men marry with their eyes wide open.

Sir Paul Co­leridge, founder of the Mar­riage Foun­da­tion, com­mis­sioned the data from the UK’s Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, which dis­tin­guishes be­tween di­vorces in­sti­gated by hus­bands and wives.

“The scale of the de­crease in women fil­ing for di­vorce sug­gests that ‘ men do­ing bet­ter’ must be a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor,” Sir Paul said.

While 7.9 per cent of women ini­ti­ated di­vorce pro­ceed­ings within five years af­ter mar­ry­ing in 1986, the fig­ure dropped to 4.2 per cent in 2013.

Dis­miss­ing pos­si­ble rea­sons for the change such as new work-life pat­terns and the later age at which cou­ples marry, Mar­riage Foun­da­tion re­searcher Henry Ben­son says it is due to the fact men marry be­cause they want to now, not be­cause of so­cial pres­sure.

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