More men are filing for divorce

The rate of men filing for divorce has gone up by 8.5% compared to 2015, the first increase since 2010.

Out of the 106,959 divorces last year, the average age has risen from 46 for men and 44 for women, as well as the typical marriage duration ending after 12 years – according to the Office for National Statistics.

The proportion of men asking for divorce now makes up 39% of all requests, a steady rise from the 1990’s, where it sat at just 27%.

So why are men now choosing to divorce more?

Affairs are now seemingly on the rise among females. Research shows that infidelity committed by men has stayed at a steady rate, whereas it is at a 40% rise for women. This has been noted by adultery website Ashley Madison, as they have experienced a rise in the number of older women signing up to the service.

Furthermore, across the globe, the ability for men to sign for divorce has become somewhat easier. Men’s rights activists have always complained that the divorce system sets them up to fail, but now certain law firms are set up to help men alone file for divorce. American group Cordell & Cordell opened up a firm in London after deeming the UK family law court unfair. This Is a manoeuvre that conflicts with opposing campaigners, whom see no bias within the family court.

Finally, men are now said to profit from divorce, leaving women and children worse off. The University of Exeter found that women are harder hit emotionally and financially when going through a break-up.

The study’s lead author, Professor Mike Brewer found that ‘women continue to se living standards fall by more after separation that men, especially when children are involved, but even for couples with no children’, this may be because ‘the loss of a man’s earnings is in no way compensated for by higher income from alimony, child maintenance, benefits and tax credit, and having fewer mouths to feed’.

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