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Divorce can come with a stigma, and many people, especially women, stay in loveless marriages long after the romance is gone to avoid it. According to the Huffington Post, many mid-life women are wrought with unhappiness, and “they just don’t want to be married anymore.” A study released and reported on Canada.com earlier this year reports that after age 48, women are far less happy than men, even if they enter adulthood happier. Anke Plagnol, who co-authored the study said women end up less happy “because they become less likely to have a happy marriage or have the things they want as life goes on.”
The desire for a happy marriage was recorded across the board, and Plagnol told Canada that, “when it comes to family life, men and women start off wanting the same thing.” More women are married in their 20s than men, and this could contribute to the statistics that more women in their 20s are happier. Once women enter mid-life, they’re often empty-nested and without satisfying careers, and realize that their marriage isn’t what they want anymore. According to the Huffington Post, many women stick out unhappy marriages for the kids—an AARP study found that 33 percent of respondents “agreed that even if you’re unhappy, you should stick it out for the children.” That figure is up 20 percent from a similar survey in 1970.
And yet the divorce rate for both men and women in middle age has increasingly spiked in recent years. According to the New York Times, “the surge in the number of older, unmarried Americans has been driven by several factors, including longevity, economics, and evolving social mores.” Women are more financially independent that in the past, and so more willing to enter old age alone. People are living longer, driving many to divorce over the thought of several more decades living in unhappiness.
The New Year is a good time to make bold decisions and reevaluations of your life. If you or someone you know is in an unhappy marriage and are interested in learning whether or not divorce is the best option for you, contact a dedicated DuPage County divorce attorney today.
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