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Working long hours saves marriages


The Telegraph reports on a study in Australia which shows:

The research has found that men are less likely to divorce their partner if they work for between 40 to 50 hours a week. About one in five Australian workers report logging 50 hours or more a week.

I wonder if this is because one of the main underlying grounds for divorce is financial difficulty?

A divorced woman I know tells me that maybe working 50 hours + per week makes him too tired for an affair?!

Thoughts please.....what does actually cause divorce?

Andrew Woolley
Divorce Lawyer


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The reasons for divorce are many and varied of course and as with any survey I always treat findings with a pinch of salt.  I’d have thought one partner working long hours and potentially leaving the other to look after the kids, keep house etc would put a strain on any marriage!...

By Divorcee on Thursday July 2, 2009

I agree a man, or woman for that matter, who works 40 to 50 hours per week is probably less likely to divorce their partner.  For a start they probably don’t have time.  Probably not true of the spouse left at home though.  Of course if the UK working population continues with it’s tradition of long working long hours, both husband and wife, we may find ourselves facing applications by the children for US style emancipation with the financial claims by the child or children to contend with.  These types of proceedings are rare here but that can always change. ...

By Karen Agnew-Griffith on Tuesday July 7, 2009

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