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Study shows financial arguments may lead to divorce


When in a relationship, arguments can sometimes be unavoidable. While many of these issues may ultimately be resolved, some couples may find themselves with irreconcilable differences. When these arguments start to become a daily occurrence, some people may consider the possibility of getting a divorce.

A recent study by a Kansas State University researcher may show that some types of arguments are more prone to foreshadow divorces than others. The results of the study may come as no surprise to many Bay Staters: arguments over money may indicate the highest chance of a future divorce.

The study, published in the Family Relations journal, gathered data on approximately 4,500 couples. According to the results, several of the most common arguments in relationships were those about children, sex and in-laws. However, the study found that, for both men and women, arguments about finances was often the highest indicator of divorce. In addition, the study found that financial arguments were typically the longest and most contentious arguments in a relationship. The study also found that arguments about money which started early in relationships could indicate a greater risk of divorce.

If a couple finds themselves incapable of resolving their marital disputes, a divorce may be in their best interest. However, sometimes the very issues which lead to a divorce may cause problems during the divorce proceedings as well. If there are disputes over finances, the issue of property division can oftentimes become contentious.

In the event of a contentious divorce, it can be crucially important to gather copies of financial documents.

If a divorce cannot be resolved in mediation, it will likely be resolved in a trial. If this is the case, having thorough documentation of your marital assets can make a significant difference in the property distribution.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Study: Financial Arguments Early In Relationship May Predict Divorce," July 12, 2013

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