A study by Swedish researchers found that a long commute to work could cause couples to divorce, according to The Local, an English language Swedish news source.

Jefferson County Divorce Lawyers are prepared to represent spouses who are seeking a divorce for any reason. Some of the most common reasons for divorce in Alabama are money problems, infidelity, poor communication, abuse and differences in expectations. Whatever the reason, consult with an attorney who will work to keep the emotional baggage that sometimes comes with a divorce proceeding at bay. Equally important is protecting your rights and your long term quality-of-life and financial well-being.

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The Swedish study was based on data from 2 million Swedish households from 1995 to 2000 and found the risk of divorce increases 40 percent for commuters and is highest in the first few years of commuting. Researchers concluded that such commutes can promote gender stereotypes at home and in the workforce that can cause stress on couples.

In families where the man commutes, the woman is often forced to take a less-qualified job closer to home. That means the woman would be making less money and she would have a larger share of the household and child responsibility. Women commuters had an increase in salary and career prospects, but other studies showed they endure more stress and feel less successful in their careers than commuting men.

“To be able to commute to work can be a positive thing because it means you don't have to uproot your family with every career move but it can also be a strain on your relationship,” said author Erika Sandow.

According to 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data, the most recent available for commute times, more than 23 million Americans had a commute of 40 minutes or longer. That was up from about 17 million in 1990. 2010 Census data regarding commuters hasn't been released.

Divorces happen for many reasons in Alabama. Regardless of the reason, it's important to consult with an experienced Birmingham divorce and family law attorney who will be committed to protecting your best interests and, if you have children, the best interests of your kids. There's no question job stress plays a part in the health of any relationship — and that has never been more true than during the tough economic times of the past few years.

If you need to speak with a divorce attorney in Birmingham, contact Eversole Law at 205-981-2450 for a free consultation.