Women ‘happier’ after divorce, new study claims

Divorce|News|July 11th 2013

Women experience higher levels of happiness for up to five years after they get divorced, new research claims.

Researchers at Kingston University analysed data from the British Household Panel Survey, a study of 10,000 people in the UK aged between 16 and 60. Participants were asked to rate their own happiness before and after significant events in their lives.

According to the study, published in the journal Economica,  women are significantly happier for as long as five years after a divorce, over and above their normal levels of happiness. Men, by contrast, felt only slightly happier after the issue of a decree absolute officially ending their marriages.

Professor Yannis Georgellis is Director of the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society at KingstonUniversity. He said:

“In the study we took into account the fact that divorce can sometimes have a negative financial impact on women, but despite that it still makes them much happier than men. One possible explanation could be that women who enter into an unhappy marriage feel much more liberated after divorce than their male counterparts.”

The study, entitled Back to Baseline in Britain: Adaptation in the British Household Panel Survey, examined ‘adaption’, the psychological process of adopting to new circumstances. Unemployment was found to be one of the hardest events to adjust to for both sexes.

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  1. Luke says:

    I think woman should take this on board and not marry at all – it sounds like everybody will end up happier 😉

  2. Luke says:

    Actually to be serious about this it is highly likely that it is going to be true.

    3/4 of women instigate the divorces and so are bound to be happier and they are also likely to get a lot out of family court.
    Men in many cases have to give up a lot of assets, often including half of the assets they might have accrued before the marriage and half their pension – they may also be on the hook for spousal support child support and are likely to see little of their children.

    If these men can get through the first 5-10 years and can get the spousal support limited in time then in 5-10 years they are likely to be free and out of an unhappy marriage – then they will be much happier, out of debt – and free.

    Of course some men will just get married again despite these financial burdens – but these guys cannot be helped 😉

  3. fayej says:

    Hi Please can you help, dont know where to go from here now. Yes i have tried a lawyer but he filled the forms out incorrectly and their were rejected by the courts, never mind that i paid him £420.00 just to fill the forms, I ended up filling them out myself in the end and have now gotten to this point. I based my divorce on a 2 year separation because i didn’t want to have a lengthy Divorce procedure. I was married for 17 year, but we separated in 2006 and continue to live in the same house. The Deputy District Judge has written back to me stating that they are not satisfied that I the petitoner is entitle to the decree sought, and has request evidence of my living arrangement for the 2 years proceeding the petition. The judge directs that i shall file further evidence on the points raised and renew request for directions. What does that mean? what do I need to do, is there and additional form i need to fill out, Please help,

    Many thanks

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