Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - I read an article recently about a book titled Calling It Quits. Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over, by Deirdre Bair. I found it to be very interesting.
Women have always filed for divorce more than men. In fact, 76% of all divorces filed are done so by women. What is surprising is that one in four of those divorces are now women who have been married for twenty or more years, according to Bair. It seems that many women will stay until their children are more independent and then realize that there is not much there once the kids are gone. Their husbands retire and they are faced with the fact that they no longer have much of a relationship. Plus women are often expected to continue caring for the home, cooking, etc. and never get to retire from doing for her husband.
When asked if they felt they had done the right thing by divorcing, 76% said yes. The boomer generation is more active and I figured that they they were leaving while they had time to find a relationship that was fulfilling, but a whopping 43% said they had no desire to enter into another marriage. Within two years of divorcing, 80% were dating, but over half wanted nothing to do with marrying.
I think women have realized that they are competent, intelligent and worthy of having a life that is fulfilling. These women reach an age where they want to be on their own agenda. What do you think? If you divorced, would you enter into marriage again?
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