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Studies shed light on divorce trends in Britain and beyond

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Studies shed light on divorce trends in Britain and beyond

Two research projects probing divorce trends have unveiled the most common reasons for the breakdown of marriages in Britain and beyond.

This week, a study highlighted by Good to know magazine found that the discovery of ‘an inappropriate relationship with someone else’ was the number one reason British couples turned to divorce – with ‘we grew apart’, ‘we disagreed on having children’ and ‘work commitments put a strain on the relationship’, ranking close behind.

Research found that UK women were typically more likely to initiate divorce proceedings, at 58 per cent, comparable with just 33 per cent of men.

44 per cent of women cited ‘a cheating partner’ as the reason behind their divorce, whereas 42 per cent of men pointed toward ‘growing apart’.

A separate study conducted by Alexandra Killewald, sociology professor at Harvard University, found that divorce was more likely in situations where a husband was either unemployed, or worked a part-time job.

Writing in a report entitled Money, Work, and Marital Stability: Assessing Change in the Gendered Determinants of Divorce, she said: “While contemporary wives need not embrace the traditional female homemaker role to stay married, contemporary husbands face higher risk of divorce when they do not fulfil the stereotypical breadwinner role, by being employed full-time”.