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Divorce Rates: Couples Who Share Housework Run Higher Risk Of Divorce

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Ladies, you may want to think twice before asking your husband to help out around the house.

According to a recent Norwegian study, the divorce rate among couples who share household chores was about 50 percent higher than for those in which the woman takes care of the housework.

But don't let your husband put down the broom just yet; Researchers say that the increased rate has more to do with "modern" values and attitudes -- such as viewing marriage as less sacred -- rather than a cause-and-effect relationship.

In modern relationships where housework is divided, "women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially. They can manage much easier if they divorce," Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled "Equality in the Home," explained to news agency AFP.

However, it's possible that a cause-and-effect relationship could account for lower divorce rates among couples who didn't divide the work and where clearly defined responsibilities between partners prevented one spouse from stepping on the other's toes.

"There could be less quarrels, since you can easily get into squabbles if both have the same roles and one has the feeling that the other is not pulling his or her own weight," Hansen said.

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