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The link between chores and divorce

California residents may understand how stressful it can be to split household chores. A Harvard Business School study found that 25 percent of couples who divorced cited disagreements over housework as the main reason. The study looked at 3,000 couples, and those that spent money on items that helped save time on housework were more likely to remain together. This was because they had more time to spend with each other and were generally less stressed.

A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending as little as $100 a month for outsourcing jobs could make couples happier. This money would generally be spent on having clothes dry cleaned or groceries delivered to a home. For those who don't have money, communication skills can help keep a relationship going strong. In most cases, couples don't actually end their relationship because they had to do the dishes again.

For some, the thought of having a full-time job and still being tasked with doing a majority of the housework is what sets them off. Ideally, housework will be split as evenly as possibly like any other task that a couple faces. Those who have children may benefit from asking them to do chores depending on how old they are.

Regardless of why a marriage ends, an individual generally wants to end divorce proceedings as soon as possible. The ability to do so may help a person find closure in a timely manner. An attorney may be able to help an individual work toward a favorable divorce settlement either during the mediation process or in court. In some cases, one or more issues may be resolved in mediation while others may be too complex to resolve without a ruling from a judge.

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