Some people in Tennessee would agree that women often take the lead as far as a desire to get married and start a family. However, these people may be surprised to learn that it is also often women who are the first to decide it is time to end a marriage.

One reason to explain the willingness on the part of some women to opt for a divorce is their unwillingness to allow marriage to distract from their career. Women are often expected to keep up with traditional marital roles around the house despite working and earning as much as their husbands. Women who feel that the expectations of being a wife are a hindrance to their work are not as willing as in years past to sacrifice their careers.

Women shoulder an unfair amount of the emotional burden in many marriages. It is not uncommon for men to depend on their wives for 100% of their emotional support. Women are more likely to create networks of people who can support them emotionally. This fact makes it easier for women to leave a marriage when their needs are unmet. Men are understandably not as willing to leave these marriages.

In addition, many women found it necessary in past years to accept mistreatment to enjoy the financial security provided by a spouse. The opportunities women enjoy today make it less likely that they will tolerate issues like infidelity or abuse.

Most people say “I do” with the thought of spending the rest of their lives with their partners. However, a permanent union takes place in only about half of the marriages in the United States. Individuals who feel they need to leave their marriage may be able to protect their interests and prepare themselves to move on with their lives by speaking with a family law attorney.