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Arguments about money lead to divorce


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A study of 4500 couples in the US has shown that arguments about money are the biggest single predictor of divorce. The research was conducted over several years, and found that stress over money and finances was top of the list as a reason for separation in both men and women.

Couples who argued about money were seen as more likely to get a divorce than those who rowed over other matters including children and other family members. The study also found that arguments over finances were more intense, lasted longer and took more time to recover from than other arguments.

Sonya Britt, assistant professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University where the study was conducted said: ‘You can measure people’s money arguments when they are very first married. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, but when they were first together and already arguing about money, there is a good chance they are going to have poor relationship satisfaction. The longer these disagreements go on, the lower the relationship satisfaction will be, resulting for some couples in divorce.’

In the UK, it has also been recognised that financial issues are a major source of relationship problems, with financial concerns given as the number one reason for couples to consult the Relate charity.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-10-11 09:42:14 in Legal Articles

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