Texas residents may be aware that research has found wives ask for a divorce more often than husbands do, but they may not have known that this may not be the case when couples decide to live together without getting married. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying the responses of over 2,000 opposite-sex couples to questions about their relationships. The findings were discussed by the researchers during a presentation before the American Sociological Association.
According to the research, 69 percent of divorce proceedings are initiated by women, but unmarried men and women who live together are equally likely to seek an end to their relationships. The Stanford University professor who led the study speculated that married women may be less happy than their cohabiting contemporaries due to outdated gender roles. The professor points out that gender equality has improved greatly in the workplace and society in general, but wives are often still be expected to fulfill most housekeeping and child rearing responsibilities.