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Can political differences end a marriage?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2017 | Divorce

Michigan couples might be surprised to learn that disagreements over politics can lead to divorce. A study has revealed that since President Trump’s election there has been an increase in couples fighting about politics and even getting divorced.

According to a study from Wakefield Research, approximately 10 percent of couples split up over politics. Millennial couples seem to be even more impacted by political disagreements, since they split up over politics at a rate of 22 percent.

Wakefield Research’s study is part of its exploration of the trending topics that are the center of conversation both globally and in the U.S. Since politics has become such an important topic, the research firm wanted to find out how this impacted romantic relationships. After surveying 1,000 people for the study, the firm found that 22 percent of Americans knew of a couple whose relationship had been negatively impacted by political disagreements between the partners as a result of Trump taking office. Nearly 25 percent admitted to having fought with their partners over politics since President Trump’s election.

The problem is serious enough that political disagreements also make an appearance when couples are separating or divorcing and are trying to negotiate their separation agreements. Some lawyers theorize that the issue of political disagreements becoming serious enough that it leads to a dissolution of a relationship stems from a person’s narcissistic tendencies, which can make people believe that their partners must agree with them on their ideas, to the point that the relationship is put on the line over it.

Politics is one of those topics that can create heightened tension between couples. This tension can then lead to more complicated divorce agreement negotiations. For someone in this position, it might be beneficial to seek the guidance provided by Michigan divorce attorneys, who might help provide a steady hand and push the negotiations forward.