Housework stood out in particular as a potential indicator of divorce in a study conducted at Harvard Business School, which indicated that frequent arguing over chores could lead to the end of a marriage. In the study of 3,000 couples, researchers discovered that 25 percent identified housework-related disagreements as a primary cause of their divorce. In addition, the study noted that the couples who were able to resolve the disputes by spending money on a cleaning service or other forms of paid help were more likely to avoid divorce and stay together. This may help because it allowed the couples to increase their quality time together.
This is only one of many ways in which wealth or relative affluence can help mitigate sources of relationship stress. For many couples in lower income brackets, paying for additional hired help is not a feasible way to handle cleaning disputes. When couples are living paycheck to paycheck, it can be particularly important to communicate clearly about expectations and potential compromises.
While few couples are eager for divorce, for many, it is a reality and a means of moving forward from a relationship that has come to an end. A family law attorney may work with a divorcing spouse throughout the process to provide representation and counsel on a range of issues, including child custody, spousal support and asset division.