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Are women happier after a divorce?

A 2017 article in LiveAbout online magazine seems to indicate they are. The article references a 2013 study done by Kingston University in England.

After querying 10,000 people aged 16-60 over a two-year period the results were conclusive: Women were definitely happier after a divorce. Especially in the first five years following the divorce. The researchers surmised that the women had entered unhappy marriages and when the marriage ended felt a long-lasting sense of liberation.

Top 5 reasons women are happier post-divorce

  1. Women are less likely to feel lonely after a divorce. They also are not as inclined to turn to alcohol, sex and drugs to deal with the trauma of divorce.
  2. Women tend to focus on self-improvement after divorce: They eat healthier, work out and get counseling when needed.
  3. Women seek out support systems among friends, family and coworkers.
  4. Women typically have different, and many times stronger, coping mechanism than men.
  5. Women accept and even excel at single parenting after the divorce.

Other surveys done on the same topic found that women spend more time thinking about their relationship before they file for divorce.

A September 2018 article in Madamenoire indicated that length of time married and whether or not the couple had children strongly influenced how long it took a woman to decide to file for divorce.

If the couple had children or had been married a long time, then it took a woman longer to make the decision to file. But the end result was the same: Women were overall happier after the divorce.

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