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Political disagreements leading to more breakups

According to a study and at least one divorce attorney, couples in Massachusetts and throughout the country may be experiencing more conflict over politics than in the past, with around 1 in 10 couples reporting that political disagreements had ended their relationship. Among millennials, the rate was even higher at 22 percent. The study, conducted by a Virginia-based polling firm, asked 1,000 people about the effects of politics and the Trump administration on their relationship.

One New-York based divorce attorney said she had seen a significant increase in couples fighting over politics since the presidential election. She reported that in 35 years of practice, she had never seen as many breakups over political differences.

The study also found that while finances are usually responsible for a great deal of marital discord, in the past six months, around 20 percent of people in relationships reported that they had argued more about the policies of the Trump administration than about money. Among people in relationships, 24 percent said that since the election, they had more disagreements with their partner than at any other time. Furthermore, 22 percent of people surveyed reported that the election had damaged the relationship of a couple they knew.

Whatever the reason for a divorce, emotions may run high during this time and make it difficult for a couple to negotiate an end to their marriage. However, an alternative is litigation, in which a judge makes a decision about property division and child custody. While a court tries to fairly divide property and create a parenting arrangement that is in the best interests of the child, parents might still be happier with an agreement they reach through negotiation. Mediation may help a couple overcome a divorce dispute and negotiate an agreement that satisfies both of them.

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