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Arguments over money common reason for divorce in US

Couples in the U.S. get divorced for many different reasons. Arguments over money, children, in-laws and sex are all common reasons for getting divorced but a new study says one of these issues indicates the highest risk for divorce.

Fighting over money is the top predictor for divorce, according to a new study from Kansas State University. The researchers looked at 4,500 couples in the U.S. and found that arguments and stress over finances were the top reason for separation among men and women.

While arguments over sex, children and in-laws also contribute to many divorce filings, the study said that arguments over money were the biggest indicator that a couple would get divorced in the future. Why would fighting about finances lead to a higher risk of divorce?

The study found that arguments over money were more likely to last longer and cause spouses more stress compared to other types of arguments. The study also reported that couples are more likely to use harsh language during arguments over money compared to other arguments in their relationship.

When couples fight over money, they are less likely to be satisfied with their marriage, and if these arguments continue for months or years, the couple is more likely to have poor relationship satisfaction that can eventually lead to divorce, the study found. Couples who fight over money was not dependant on their income or wealth, and the study reported that arguments over finances have continued to be cited as the reason for divorce on many divorce filings in the U.S.

Couples who file for divorce due to arguments about money will most likely continue to argue over finances during the divorce negotiations. Individuals getting divorced should consult a divorce attorney to help them discuss division of marital asset issues and to understand the financial impact of divorce.

Source: Daily Mail, “Arguing about money could spell disaster for your marriage: Couples who row about finances are more likely to divorce than those who argue about children or sex,” Katy Winter, July 22, 2013

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