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Massachusetts divorce increasingly filed by women

Couples seeking a divorce in Massachusetts typically know that it can be costly to support two households. However, for many the desire to end a marriage that is no longer working in divorce becomes so crucial that the economic costs seem less important. This is particularly the case for couples that come from long-term marriages that may be supported by two incomes and years of asset accumulation.

Statistics show that more women are also filing for divorce from long-term marriages than ever before. In addition, the number of such marriages ending in divorce has more than doubled in the past few decades. This is the case for couples who have been married for a long time in Massachusetts and across the United States even as the overall divorce rate has lowered.

The increase in the number of long-term marriages ending in divorce may be due in part to the fact that more women than ever are now in the workplace. Traditionally women may have remained in marriages because they were financially dependent upon their spouses. Now those same women have found that they can support themselves and they need not be tied to a bad marriage solely for economic support.

Though, the decision to end a marriage in divorce is rarely easy, in many cases it is the best decision for all involved. This can be especially true for those who have found that they no longer have common interests with their spouse after many years together, or who have stayed in a marriage merely for the welfare of children who are now grown. Now, with an increasing number of women gaining financial independence, the decision to divorce is becoming more common.

Source: CBSNews.com, ""Gray divorces" increasing sharply," Oct. 13, 2012

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