Does an equal share of the chores actually cause a divide?

On behalf of Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, A Professional Law Corporation posted on Friday, October 5, 2012.

If you have ever been married or even in any relationship for that matter, you have probably wished that your partner help out a little more with the housework. It is one of the most common complaints from individuals, especially women. While it might be the most common complaint, one study’s conclusion goes against popular belief and may shock a few spouses.

The study was conducted by a Norwegian research institute and looked into the relationship between housework and well, relationships. Researchers with the study found that divorce rates were actually higher in homes where the partners shared the chores equally.

Going off of the most common female complaint, the study broke down the data further. What they found was that of the 25 percent of marriages where the woman did most of the housework, the divorce rates were relatively low. The result was exactly opposite when the researchers looked at the 4 percent of homes in which the man did most of the housework. In fact, in these cases the divorce rate was significantly high.

Perpetuating the stereotype that women are the ones who should do the housework was not the point of the study. One of the co authors said that “the main point is that there is little to indicate that gender equality at home protects against divorce, as many people think and as is typically maintained by scholars in the field.

Regardless of what caused a change of heart in a relationship, some marriages simply must end. In most cases there is not one specific factor to point to. Failure to communicate, financial stresses, different careers and even changes in personality can contribute to a desire to file for divorce. These studies may be interesting to read, but the important part of a divorce is often not what caused it, but how the process will be completed.

Source: Life Inc. on Today, “Divorce rate higher for couples that share housework, study finds,” Allison Linn, Sept. 30, 2012
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