Long hours no cause for divorce

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

40 To 50 hours might not sound like much in the legal profession, but it's enough to make a male less likely to split up with their partner, according to a recent study. The new study,…

40 To 50 hours might not sound like much in the legal profession, but it's enough to make a male less likely to split up with their partner, according to a recent study.

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The new study, co-authored by Melbourne Institute economist Mark Wooden, finds that men in jobs with long hours are no more likely to divorce than anyone else.

The study found that those who work less than 40 hours a week are in a higher-chance divorce bracket.

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"The optimal work arrangement appears to be where the man works a 41-to-49-hour week," Wooden is reported to have said.

It might just be good news for lawyers, and their relationships, with Wooden denouncing the age-old idea that longer hours are detrimental to personal relationships: "There are few, if any, studies providing evidence of clear causal links between long work weeks - especially when worked by the husband - and subsequent marital separation or divorce," his study states.

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