Who Regrets Divorce More? Men or Women, and Why?

There are many beliefs, myths and misconceptions which surround divorce, one of which is who regrets divorce more — men or women.

In a study conducted by legal website www.avvo.com, 73 percent of women reported having no regret over their divorce, compared to 61 percent of men.

Research has shown that men tend to worry about being on their own again after a divorce more than women do. The mental and emotional security men gain from marriage is a hard loss after a divorce. Being newly single after years — or even decades — of marriage tends to be a harder adjustment for men.

The sadness of divorce leaves men and women with the need to share or process their emotions. For men, the sudden loss of their spouse, who was probably their closest and most trusted confidante, can be quite difficult. Conversely, women are generally less fearful of the independence which comes with ending a relationship.

Additionally, for men, the cost of divorce is higher than for women. A study from the University of Nebraska found that divorced men were more prone to disease after divorce, ranging from the common cold to serious illnesses. Men were also more likely to fall into a depression, and to treat that depression with alcohol.

Whatever the reasons for a divorce, both partners must take responsibility for the dissolution of the marriage. A divorce is an emotional time for both parties. It is important to find good support systems to work through this turbulent period.