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Political disagreements on the rise, splitting couples

Some Georgia residents might know couples who have been fighting more since the last presidential election. According to a survey of 1,000 people conducted by Wakefield Research from April 12 to April 18, 22 percent of people know a couple whose relationship has been affected negatively by the election of President Trump. Nearly one-quarter of people said that they were arguing with their partner more than ever since Trump's election.

Furthermore, about 10 percent of couples said they had broken up over political disagreements. Among millennials, 22 percent ended their relationships over politics. Although couples often fight about money, more than 20 percent of respondents in the study reported that in the previous six months, they had argued more about the policies of the Trump administration than about finances.

One divorce lawyer reported experiences that matched the survey. She said that she had been practicing for 35 years, and this was the first time she had seen so many divorces over politics.

Politics and finances are only two of the potential areas of disagreement that could result in a divorce. Once a couple has decided to end their marriage, they have the choice of either negotiating how they will divide property or having a judge do it. If there are children, the couple may also need to make a decision about child custody. Although the conflicts that resulted in the divorce may make these negotiations difficult, the couple might still prefer the decision they reach together over one a judge makes. Furthermore, if they are unhappy with the judge's decision, they might still have to abide by it with no option for recourse. Mediation may be helpful to a couple if they cannot come to an agreement.

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