‘Women take the initiative’ over divorces

Helen Lucking

Helen Lucking

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Women are taking the lead on the Fylde when it comes to divorce, a lawyer has said.

In more than 60 per cent of separations dealt with by a regional law firm, it was the wife who filed for divorce.

The Family team at Napthens solicitors has studied the cases undertaken from the law firm’s offices in Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn and Chorley during January to June 2013.

The statistics show that a typical divorce in Lancashire involved couples who had been married for less than 10 years, and divorces tend to involve couples aged between 31 and 50 years old.

In more than 60 per cent the wife filed for divorce. In 65 per cent the cause was cited as unreasonable behaviour.

Helen Lucking, from Napthens, said the figures reflect the changing role of women in society.

She said: “Many more are working and trying to balance the demands of a career with family life. Many are still bearing the lion’s share of the responsibility for children and the household and may be dissatisfied with that distribution.”

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