Political arguments are affecting couples

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Some Missouri couples might be arguing more than ever, but it could be over a fairly new conflict according to a study by the polling firm Wakefield Research. The firm conducted a survey of 1,000 people in April and found that 24 percent of couples said they were having more fights than ever before about politics since the election of President Trump.

One divorce attorney in New York with 35 years of experience says she is seeing an unprecedented number of marriages ending because of politics. The survey appeared to support this anecdote, reporting that more than one-fifth of people said they knew a couple whose relationship was directly and negatively affected by the 2016 presidential election.

For some couples, fighting about politics replaced fighting over money. In the last six months, among people who were in relationships, more than 20 percent said they were fighting more about Trump’s policies than finances. Furthermore, around 10 percent of all couples reported relationships ending because of disagreements about politics. More than one-fifth of millennial couples had ended their relationship due to political differences.

When politics or other conflicts lead to divorce, there may still be matters the couple must deal with. Among these are property division and, if there are children, custody and visitation. If there is a pre- or postnuptial agreement, it may detail how property is to be divided. However, if this document is prepared incorrectly or it appears that one person felt coerced into signing, it might not hold up in court. The couple may need to determine whether they will sell a home or one spouse will buy out the other, and they may prefer to negotiate these issues with the help of their respective attorneys instead of going through litigation and having a judge make the decision.

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