A recent study of married couples, conducted by AARP, confirmed previous research which indicates that women are two-thirds more likely to initiate divorce proceedings in marriages that have lasted over twenty years. Referring to “mirage” marriages, J.R. Burns, M.D., explains that couples distract themselves from the poor quality of their marriage with the hustle and bustle of raising a family on two incomes. From cheerleading and sports practice to Scouting and PTA meetings, a couple’s disconnect can be hidden for years. With an empty nest and retirement approaching, long-standing problems become too much to ignore. In this situation, men often withdraw emotionally, causing their wives to feel emotionally abandoned and more likely to seek divorce.

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