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Conflict over household chores causes some divorces

While it may seem hard to believe, arguments over housework could lead some Georgia couples to divorce. A quarter of divorced couples surveyed in a Harvard Business School study listed household chores as the top reason behind their separations.

Other research supports the idea that household chores can create stress. In 2008, a study found that people with more leisure time have a better sense of well-being. Research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that expenditures of just $100 to $200 per month for services such as laundry or grocery delivery could lead to better relationships. In addition to reducing arguments about who will do these tasks, this also gives couples more time together. However, there are many couples who cannot afford such extra expenditures.

This does not mean that lower-income couples are doomed to divorce. How couples fight is more important than what they fight about. It is important for couples to learn to express their needs to one another and fight in a fair way. When it comes to housework, the spouse who handles more of the burden could carry resentment.

If disagreements over housework or other issues cause people to divorce, they may still have negotiations ahead. They might have to make decisions about property division and child custody. Mediation is a process that may help couples reach an agreement even if they are experiencing conflict. It takes a less adversarial approach than litigation and focuses on finding a solution that works for both people. In some cases, a couple might reach an agreement on some issues but need to go to court for the issues they could not resolve in mediation.

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