THE economic crisis has fuelled an increase in clashes between couples, researchers said.
Almost a third of couples say the recession has caused them to argue more often, mainly about money and household chores.
One in ten relationships also saw the main breadwinner switch in the past twelve months, says a survey of 1,000 people by online payment provider PayPal.
Around 61% of these power shifts were because one person lost their job or had a pay cut.
Only 39% swapped places because of positive developments such as a new job, promotion or pay rise.
Nearly one in ten UK couples argue over money more than anything else, while the same proportion of Britons have ended a relationship because of financial issues.