The findings of a new study on marriage and divorce rates are likely to raise a few eyebrows. Spouses who share household duties in a marriage run a higher risk of divorce than couples in which women do the majority of the work, according to Norwegian researchers.
A new study found that couples who pull their weight equally around the house had a divorce rate around 50 percent higher than those where the labor was relegated primarily to the woman.
The report, called “Equality in the Home,” discussed how “modern” couples have a different view of marriage than in generations past. Factors such as women pursuing higher education and getting married once they have established lives of their own are (relatively speaking) newer notions in society, making women less dependent on men and more comfortable with divorce, study co-author Thomas Hansen said in an interview with news agency AFP.
The study also cited how modern couples have a more relaxed view on marriage as opposed to those in prior generations.
In the end, the authors concluded, it is spouses’ values that influence marriage and divorce rates.
Regardless of the division of labor in your household, it is important to remember that there are many different reasons why couples pursue a separation or divorce. Talking with an experienced family law attorney can help you through this difficult time in your life.
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