Spike in SA divorce rate

2013-11-03 14:32

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Johannesburg - The Justice Department’s 2012-13 annual report has put South Africa on the map in terms of matrimonial woes as new figures show that the divorce rate has rocketed by 28% from 39 573 to 50 517 cases.

Divorce lawyers and marriage councillors say however that sex and money is behind this spike. They say that adultery, unrealistic expectations and a lack of sexual intimacy plays a huge part in this, reported the Sunday Times.

According to experts it was also now very easy to get a divorce in South Africa. They say that it is also mostly people in urban areas that split and that although previously dominated by white South Africans, divorce rates were now higher among black South Africans.

House working men lower divorce

A 2010 study of 3 500 British couples showed that divorce rates are lower in families where husbands help out with the housework, shopping and childcare.

The research by the London School of Economics (LSE), entitled Men's Unpaid Work and Divorce, found that the more husbands helped out, the lower the incidence of divorce.

The study said its conclusions blew open the theory running since the 1960s that marriages were most stable when men focused on paid work and women were responsible for housework.

"The lowest-risk combination is one in which the mother does not work and the father engages in the highest level of housework and childcare," the study found.

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