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DeBlog: Who Initiates More Divorces?

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By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

Tonight’s Good Question is about divorce. According to the Department of Health, every 17 minutes a couple is married in Minnesota. Every 35 minutes a couple is divorced.

Divorce is a real part of life. But I was wondering about who files for divorce more often: is it men or women? Who pulls the plug? And why?

I have some previously unpublished statistics from Hennepin County talking about reasons for divorce. The reasons why people say they divorce are fairly similar:

For men:
Not able to talk together: 56%
Growing Apart: 54%
Not enough attention: 42%
Infidelity: 38%

For women:
Not able to talk together: 55%
Growing apart: 49%
Infidelity: 40%
Personal problems of my spouse: 35%

I’d love to hear your stories. If you’re divorced — who pulled the plug? Was your spouse surprised? We may use your comments tonight at 10.

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