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Almost half of Australian women in committed relationships are feeling unappreciated by their partners, according to new research released today.

As the number of women initiating divorce proceedings in Australia continues to be higher than men, the research reveals women are more likely than their male counterparts to complain about being taken for granted.

The research, commissioned by Slater and Gordon family lawyers, found 43 per cent of   Australian women felt that their partner took them for granted. Just over one third, or 36 per cent, of men felt the same way.

More than 2000 Australians – in married and de facto relationships - took part in the independent online survey.

Slater and Gordon family lawyer Heather McKinnon said she was increasingly seeing more women taking the first step to end their relationship.

“You only have to look at the most recent ABS figures that were released a few weeks ago to see that women are no longer prepared to stay in an unhappy relationship,” Ms McKinnon said.

“The number of divorce applications from Australian women was almost 16,000 in Australia in 2013 compared to around 12,000 for men. For more than a decade now more women than men have made what is more often than not a very difficult and emotional decision to end their marriage. 

“Coincidently, January is one of most popular times for women to make an appointment with a family lawyer. With the Christmas season over and the kids heading back to school, many women begin to reassess their relationships.”

“Our research, together with the latest divorce statistics, I hope serve as a wake-up call to couples that they really should not take each other for granted.”

The research also found that 46 per cent of respondents aged between 34 and 44 and 47 per cent of those who had been married for between five and ten years were most likely to feel their partner took them for granted.

When asked if they felt they took their partner for granted, slightly more than one third (35 per cent) of Australians confessed they did.

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