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28th Sep 2012

Couples Who Share The Housework are More Likely to Divorce Reveals New Study

Norwegian research has revealed that chore-sharing couples are more likely to divorce than those in traditionally structured relationships.

A new study has revealed the couples who share the housework are 50 per cent more likely to divorce than people in relationships where the woman does most of the chores.

Thomas Hansen, a co-author of the study Equality in the Home, said that sharing the housework does not always lead to happiness and security in a relationship despite being equal parties.

According to the Telegraph, Hansen said: “What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite.”

The study shows that the more men do in the home, the more likely the couple is to divorce.

“Maybe it’s sometimes seen as a good thing to have very clear roles with lots of clarity … where one person is not stepping on the other’s toes,” he suggested.

Couples who share the housework are 50 per cent more likely to divorce

“There could be less quarrels, since you can easily get into squabbles if both have the same roles and one has the feeling that the other is not pulling his or her own weight.”

However, the researcher said that the higher divorce rate really comes down to modern day values.

“Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage,” Mr Hansen said.

“In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially.

“They can manage much easier if they divorce,” he said.

Do you think Irish couple who share the chores are more likely to divorce?