“Doggy day care” didn’t mean starting a doggy day care. I actually meant taking the dog to training classes or taking it to day care or the vet or whatever it is dog owners do. Not start a daycare. My bad, I didn’t think that it would be taken that way.
I SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. Actually, my originally reply mentioned something about regardless of where the income came from, I think “work/household duties” should be split as equally as possible, to avoid a one-sided misbalance in effort. Whether it’s from insurance, the government, the lotto, inheritance, work, I don’t care. For example, if one person makes $50,000 a year and the other makes $25,000 a year (both full-time jobs with equivalent stress levels, time commitment, and education), that doesn’t automatically mean the lower-earner should do all the household chores.
To sum that up: Time commitment means a hell of a lot more to me than monatary commitment.
I would count searching for work and focusing on what do do next as part of “40 hours of whatever make work.” I don’t count sitting around the house watching tv part of that. (That’s not to say that’s what the OP did- I have no idea what the OP did during the day other than chores and search for a job. That might be enough to satisfy an equal balance, but I don’t know, which is why I worded my original answer the way it was.)
I consider an average weekday a work day, given that of the 52 weeks in a year, 2 weeks would be basic vacation days. Extreme was the wrong word, I apologize. I meant abnormal. Happens all the time, but doesn’t make it an average thing every week.
You said: “I might take on a few extra tasks around the home while my SO is working extra hours to help relieve his stress levels, but I am doing that out of love, not a sense of duty because he has more work hours in a given week.” EXACTLY. I think if two people are in a loving, caring relationship, it’s not a duty to try to help out when your partner has more stuff on your plate than you. So what do you do? You balance the workload a little more. It’s not out of duty, it’s out of love.