Study: 'Modern' Couples More Likely to Split


A new study indicates that couples who share household chores are more likely to divorce than those in homes where the woman does most of the housework. In fact, researchers said the divorce rate is almost 50 percent higher among couples who divy up the cooking and cleaning.

"In modern couples, women have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially," said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study, entitled Equality in the Home. "They can manage much easier if they divorce."

Hansen's native Norway has a long tradition of gender equality, but when it comes to housework, Norwegian women still do most of it in seven out of 10 couples, accordinng to the study.

The research emphasized women who did most of the chores did so of their own volition and were found to be as "happy" as those in "modern" couples, according to The Telegraph.