The Courier-Mail

Wives more satisfied as husbands wise up: study

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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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