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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sharing Chores Responsabilities Makes For A Happier Marriage

Researchers from three universities have found that husbands who participate in child rearing as well as household tasks are most likely to have marriages that both spouses describe as happy and high quality. 

Furthermore researchers found that the strongest factor in how the couple viewed the marriage was the woman's perception of the quality of the dad's personal relationship with the kids and the next factor was the wife's perception of how her husband took care of the children. 

The study "Father Involvement, Father-Child Relationship Quality, and Satisfaction with Family Work: Actor and Partner Influences on Marital Quality," was published in the Journal of Family Issues and utilized researchers from the University of Missouri along with Utah State University and Bringham Young University.  They studied how 160 couples handled housework and child-rearing duties to see what helped or hurt the quality of their marriage. 

Researchers noted sharing did not necessarily mean the chores were divided equally, but that both partners pitched in and took care of responsibilities as needed. 

The couples were married for an average of five years and had a child aged five or younger. Most of the parents were between 25 and 30 years old and about 40 percent of the women had full or part-time jobs. 

"The more wives perceived that husbands were engaged in routine family work tasks, the better the relationships were for both partners,” Galovan said. "Wives in our study viewed father involvement and participation in household chores as related. Doing household chores and being engaged with the children seem to be important ways for husbands to connect with their wives, and that connection is related to better couple relationships.”

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Couples Who Are Struggling In Marriage Benefit From Counseling

Couples who are less educated or who have a high degree of disparity between education levels are more likely to divorce than well-educated couples, according to a new study published in the journal of Family Relations. 

Researchers also found that even for well-educated couples, stresses of marriage along with strains on family time can lead to a difficult or broken marriage, however they also found that the best course of action when marriages ran into trouble was to consult a marriage or family counselor. 

The study was conducted by PsychologeCollegeFinder.org, a site that works with psychology colleges to help new psychology professionals. 

According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, there are more than 15,000 marriage and family therapy counselors in the United States. 

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New Study Finds Costs For Some In Delaying Marriage

While the average age of marrying couples continues to rise, a new study suggests that in spite of there being possible benefits, there are also many costs associated with delaying marriage.

A report released Friday from the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project named, "Knot Yet" found that the average marrying age has climbed to the highest it ever has been, which is 26.5 for women and 28.7 for men. Researchers noted that women earned an annual income premium if they wait until 30 or later to marry. For college-educated women in their mid thirties, the premium amounted to $18,152.

Secondly, delayed marriage helped to bring down the divorce rate in the United States since the early 1980s because couples marrying in their early twenties and teens are more likely to divorce than couples marrying later.

However, there are many costs associated with the marriage delay. Researchers found delaying marriage was most detrimental for middle class Americans who are not college educated. More women are having a baby before entering a marriage and by age 25, 44 percent of women have had a baby while only 38 percent of women have married. Currently, 48 percent of first births are to unmarried women, usually in their twenties.

The only group of women who still typically have a baby after marrying are college-educated women, who usually have their first baby two years after marrying.

Researchers noted the crossover of women having many children outside of marriage was especially troubling because those children are more likely to experience family instability, school failure and emotional problems and are three times as likely to see their parents break up.

Researchers also found that unmarried twenty somethings, especially those who were single were more likely to drink to excess, be depressed and report lower levels of satisfaction with their lives. Thirty five percent of single and cohabitating men reported they were "highly satisfied" with their life compared to 52 percent of married men. Thirty three percent of single women and 29 percent of cohabitating women were "highly satisfied," compared to 47 percent of married women.

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Study: Link Between Divorce and Children’s Religious Choices May Be Overstated

A study found children of religious parents who divorce are twice as likely to leave the church following their parents' split compared with children whose parents stay together, but that the link between religious practice and parental marital status may be overstated.

According to their report, they also found that growing up in a single-parent family did not have any effect on private religious life. Professor of sociology Jeremy Uecker said previous research has left out or downplayed key factors that may be more relevant to an individual's faith other than the role of divorce by itself.

"People who are less religious are more likely to get divorced," Uecker said. "And if the parents are of different religions or differing levels of religiosity from one another, they also are more likely to divorce. So if we ignore that, we're overstating the effects of divorce itself on religious outcomes."

He argued the main reason divorce could affect religious outcomes was that children are separated from one of their parents and parents are usually considered the primary source of religious training for their children. Additionally, a parent who has been divorced may feel unwelcome or stigmatized in certain religious settings.

The study, conducted by Uecker, a sociologist at Baylor University, and Christopher G. Ellison, PhD, a sociologist at the University of Texas in San Antonio examined data from more than 3,300 respondents aged 18 to 87 taken from social surveys conducted in 1991,1998 and 2008.

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