Chicago, IL- Women often lament the fact that they do the lion share of the housework and hope their husbands would do more, but now a new Norwegian study shows if men do more things around the house the couple may be headed for divorce.
The study entitled Equality at Home found that the divorce rate among couple who share housework was 50 percent higher than couples where women do the majority of household chores.
“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said lead researcher Thomas Hansen, “One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite.”
“The more a man does in then home the higher the divorce rate,” Hansen said.
The study indicated that women still want to rule inside the home and are reluctant to relinquish duties such as laundry, cleaning or home decorating.
The researchers found that the increased divorce rate can be attributed to “modern” attitudes towards marriage; it is no longer considered “sacred” and women who often have the same education and economic resources as their husbands can manage much easier if they are divorced.
The researchers found that couples aren’t at a higher risk of divorce if they share responsibility of caring for their children.
Attitudes towards divorce have changed dramatically over the past few decades. Roughly 50 percent of couples eventually find their marriages aren’t working and must seek out the help of a Chicago divorce attorney.
A legal expert can help the couple settle issue of child custody and support along with settling differences on how to divide community assets.