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How housework arguments could lead to divorce

Florida couples who argue about the household chores might be more likely to get a divorce than couples who do not. A study conducted by Harvard Business School found that of the couples that split up among the 3,000 in the study, 25 percent said the top reason their marriage ended was because of arguments over housework.

Studies support the idea that having fewer chores to do leads to less stress and better relationships. A 2008 study found that free time leads to a better sense of well-being while a 2017 study found that when couples spend from $100 to $200 paying someone else to do some chores, whether it is cleaning, laundry or grocery delivery, their relationship improves.

Unfortunately, many couples cannot afford to pay for things they can do themselves. However, that does not mean they are headed for divorce. In a healthy relationship, couples must learn to express their needs to one another. For example, the housework issue might be about more than division of chores. A study published in the journal Sex Roles found that women shoulder the bulk of the responsibility for housework in heterosexual relationships even if they also work full time. Therefore, a divorce might happen because of a larger issue of a person not feeling listened to or appreciated in the relationship.

If people do decide to get a divorce, they still may have to reach an agreement about property division and child custody. If they are unable, they may have to go to court for a judge to decide. Despite their differences, many couples do manage to negotiate an agreement with the assistance of their respective attorneys, and they might be more satisfied with an outcome that is reached in this way.

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