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Politics having a negative effect on relationships

On Behalf of | May 15, 2017 | Divorce

Arizona couples who are arguing more over politics are not alone according to a survey from the polling firm Wakefield Research that reports one in 10 couple breaking up over politics. At 22 percent, millennials have an even higher rate of ending a relationship over political disagreements.

The nationwide survey of 1,000 participants was taken between April 12 and April 18. It also found that although usually money is one of the main topics of disagreement in a relationship, in the previous six months, participants reported disagreeing more about the Trump administration than about finances. Furthermore, almost one-quarter of respondents who were in a relationship said that since President Trump was elected, they were disagreeing with their partner about politics more than ever before.

One divorce attorney reported that her own experience matched the findings and that in her more than three decades of practice she had never so many divorces as a result of political disagreements as she had since the last presidential election. In the survey, 22 percent of people said they knew a couple who were dealing with more conflict as a direct result of Trump’s election.

Political differences and any number of other disagreements may drive a couple to divorce. When this happens, the couple may have to work out property division and, if there are children involved, what they will do about child custody. Arizona is a community property state, and this means that all assets acquired after marriage are considered shared property. There are a few exceptions, such as an inheritance received by one person that is not commingled with marital assets. However, a couple may come up with their own way of dividing property as long as it approved by a court, and they might be happier with decisions they negotiate with the help of their respective attorneys than they would be with a judge’s ruling.