She dusts and vacuums. He washes the dishes and takes out the trash. The couple that splits household chores, 50-50, is a couple that's likely to stay happy, right?
Wrong, according to a new report that suggests the divorce rate among couples who share housework equally is around 50 percent higher than in homes where women do most of the work.
The study, conducted in Norway, runs contrary to other surveys—never mind modern-day opinion—that suggest couples are more likely to stay together and describe themselves as happy in relationships where responsibility for home tasks is equally shared, according to a story in The Telegraph newspaper.
Apparently divvying up the chores in an organized structure results in a relationship that's more businesslike than romantic, according to the study. Who knew?
Researchers said they are surprised by the findings, but they said they're confident the results aren't unique to Norway and pertain to couples elsewhere.
Are you surprised, too? And how do you handle the housework in your home?
Do you have an equitable split, or does one partner bear a heavier burden when it comes to housework and child care?
Do you and your partner have it all worked out? Or do you still tend to bicker over who does what—and how much?
Take our poll, and let us know in the comments your thoughts on the study and the subject. Got photos of how you handle the housework? Feel free to post them and show us all how it's done.