Until now, there has been a dearth of information about divorce in America. We have census information about the number of divorces, and we also have a sense of divorce according to socioeconomic status. However, since the advent of no-fault divorce we no longer know why people divorce (not that the old classifications of “irreconcilable differences” or “cruelty” told us much).
Historically, women have initiated about two-thirds of divorces, and that remains true today:
Source: Brinig and Allen, 2000
Men’s rights activists routinely describe female-initiated divorce as a frivolity, lacking seriousness and sense.