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Financial Arguments May Predict Divorce

It is no surprise to learn that arguments about money may lead to divorce. Recent research not only affirms the idea, but digs a little deeper into why it might be.

In recent years, job loss and related tensions have disrupted the peace of many marriages. But a Kansas State University study indicates financial troubles are not solely responsible for marital discord:

  • All couples argue, but for some couples, arguments about money are more bitter and leave unresolved hurt and anger. Unresolved feelings of hurt damage a relationship over time.
  • Frequent arguments about money affect the relationship satisfaction of couples at all economic levels.
  • Reduced relationship satisfaction is a predictor of divorce.
  • In terms of reducing relationship satisfaction, arguments about money outweigh disagreements about intimacy, children or other family members.
  • The study was based on the National Survey of Families and Households that collects data from approximately 4,500 couples in the United States.

An earlier study found couples who argue about money are about 30 percent more likely to divorce than couples who argue less frequently.

When Financial Hardship Leads to Hostile Divorce Proceedings

Many people have hard-held attitudes about money and the lack of it. When relationship satisfaction dips low enough for a couple to seek divorce, the acrimony can spill over into divorce proceedings. Long-term marital dissatisfaction often leads to entrenched arguments about division of assets, debt and property.

Couples who retain their wealth during divorce are better off than those who exhaust their savings on legal proceedings. Talk to an experienced family law attorney in Jacksonville to help you maintain financial stability during divorce and after.

Florida family law attorney Shane Herbert also contributed to this blog post.

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