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A quarter of divorces caused by household chore disputes

Disagreements are common in marriages, but some fights may be more likely to lead to divorce than others. A recent Harvard Business School study found that of the 3,000 couples interviewed, 25 percent of them listed arguments over housework as the top reason for their divorce. There are some things a Pennsylvania couple can do to avoid fighting over housework and spend more time together.

One way to put a stop to a dispute over household chores is to outsource them. Instead of one spouse or the other doing a disproportionate amount of work, couples who can't agree could simply hire someone else to clean the house, do the laundry or mow the lawn. For $200 a month, a couple might be able to save their marriage as well as their sanity. Outsourcing things they don't want to do gives them more time to enjoy the things they do like.

Some families can't afford to hire a housekeeper or landscaper to do their chores. Families that have limited budgets may ask children to help with the chores. Those without kids in the house may work out a plan to either share chores fairly or budget their money so that they can pay someone to do some of the chores neither of them want to do.

If, despite their best efforts, a couple is not able to resolve their differences regarding housework and decides to get divorced, each of them needs an experienced family law attorney to help them separate their assets and debts. An attorney may help a client negotiate for assets that are important to him or her. Even a couple who has a hard time resolving issues in their marriage may be able to have an amicable divorce with the help of skilled attorneys.

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