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Russian Men and Divorce

by Koshka

What are Russian men's views on divorce? What makes them give up on marriage and pursue a relationship with another woman? Or will they stick with an unhappy marriage, regardless?

Thanks for your question Koshka...

It's well documented that divorce rates in Russia are amongst the highest in the world, and there are probably a number of reasons for that.

First and foremost is the fact that many Russians get married very young - between 18-22. This is partly due to traditional Russian society's attitudes against pre-marital sex, and as a result, many people get married without a full realization of what it means to commit to a long-term relationship.

Why do Russian's get divorced then? Well, of course there are many reasons which differ from couple to couple. The age factor is a significant one, as couples who were married in their late teens and early twenties mature and realize they are no longer suited to each other.

Another major reason for divorce in Russia is due to alcoholism, which is a significant problem with many Russian men. Other reasons include unfaithfulness, physical abuse, and a lack of involvement in raising the couple's children or contributing to the household.

Interestingly, as Russia has become more westernized in recent years, divorce rates have increased, as they have in the West. Some studies suggest this may be because more people are now more focused on the pursuit of their own happiness and as a result they do not want to stay in an unhappy marriage.

On the other hand, the implications of divorce for Russian women can be significant, if they suddenly find they are required to provide for their child (or children) without the support of a spouse. Russian men very often do not support or take care of their ex-wives and children, financially or otherwise, as Russian laws do not assist divorced women as much they do in many Western countries. As a result, divorce is not always such a simple solution to an unhappy relationship.

Of course, it should be noted that these are generalizations and the attitude of Russian men towards divorce will vary from person to person.

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