Working from home can cause marital stress

For many people, working from home has always sounded like a dream come true. When they actually do it, though, they may find that it puts more stress on their relationships than they imagined it would.

When interviewed about how it was working with their spouses from home, many people had seemingly minor complaints — but these little irritants can add up. One woman said that her husband used a different voice when he was working, which she found annoying. A man said his wife’s typing was so loud it was grating on his nerves. Another woman noted that she just hated listening to her husband eat while he worked.

It has also been hard for couples that have young children. One woman noted that her five-year-old daughter kept trying to get into her husband’s home office. It became a full-time job just keeping her out of there. This is a type of stress she wouldn’t have had if she was home with her daughter back when her husband was not working out of their house.

Some experts have noted that all of these couples staying at home together may lead to a baby boom, but others have said it’s a divorce boom that is really going to happen. If a couple was already having trouble and going to work felt like a reprieve, will these little stressors finally put them over the edge?

It will be interesting to see what happens as the rest of the year plays out. If you do decide to get divorced, make sure you are well aware of your legal options.

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