Reasons for Divorce in Order of Importance

Reasons Women ask for Divorce

  • Incompatibility and unhappiness
  • Husband’s alcohol, physical and verbal abuse
  • Husband’s infidelity
  • Disagreements about religion and children
  • Their own alcohol abuse
  • Their own infidelity
  • Their need for independence

Reasons Men ask for Divorce

  • Drug abuse and/or mental illness
  • Multiple differences (religion, communication, in-laws)
  • His alcohol and physical abuse
  • Wife’s independence and infidelity
  • Incompatibility and unhappiness
  • Wife’s alcohol abuse
  • His infidelity

Men also cite “sexual problems” three times more often than women and women cite an “affair” twice as often as men.


  • Divorce worldwide occurs most common in the fourth year of marriage or between ages 25 and 29.
  • More than one million people every year get a divorce.
  • 40% of men and 50% of women getting a divorce are less than 30. Between 10% and 15% of people aged 35 to 55 are currently divorced at least one time.
  • About 20% of marriages last less than 5 years, 33% last less than 10 years, and 40% last less than 15 years.
  • Recent estimates for the U.S. are that 65% to 70% of all new marriages will fail.
  • Children of divorced parents are more divorce-prone.
  • 80% of divorced people will get remarried, usually 3 or 4 years after their divorce.