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Since the s, the share of Americans who eventually leave their marriages has hovered between 40 and 50 percent. The Relationships in America survey sample includes nearly 4, ever-divorced adults agesand assessed how couples think about—then actually do—separate and divorce, as well as who wants out of their marriage more. What did we learn? First, women are more prone than men to report discontent in marriage. Twenty percent of married women, and thirteen percent of married men, report having thought about leaving their spouse within the past year compared to 41 percent of cohabiting women and 26 percent of cohabiting men.
While separated persons make up only two percent of the overall sample, 13 percent of married respondents report having talked about separating within the past year but so far have elected not to do so. Across 25 data sets and over yearswives are consistently more likely to file for divorce than husbands.
In consonance with work on the question, the Relationships in America study reveals that women remain far more likely to want out of their marriages than men: among divorcees, 55 percent of women said they wanted their marriages to end more than their spouses while only 29 percent of men reported the same.
And the gap is not due to gender differences in perception: 43 percent of men report that their spouse wanted the marriage to end more than they did, but only 20 percent of women said the same. All Rights Reserved. Questions, media inquiries, and comments should be directed to our research team. They can be reached by at research austin-institute. If you find this information interesting and helpful, we also invite you to visit our websitelike us on Facebookor share stories on social media.
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