Opposites attract - or do they? Married couples often have philosophical disagreements, but which ones are big enough to end the relationship? The political rancor in Washington D.C. appears to be never ending. Is the nation's political climate making personal disagreements harder to weather?
A new study shows that more couples than ever before, both married and unmarried, are ending their relationships due to political differences. Nationwide, 1 in 5 people said that a political disagreement has negatively impacted a relationship. This schism has led to 1 in 10 couples citing political differences as the reason for a split. The trend is even higher among Millennials, who split due to political differences at nearly twice the rate of older generations.
One relationship expert cited in the report said she has never seen such a high rate of political disagreements among couples. Today, politics appears to be an even more contentious issue in relationships than arguments over how to spend money.
The difference in divorce
Although politicians like to point fingers at each other, this may not be the best approach in a relationship. However, if political disagreements ultimately signal the end of marriage, there are steps couples can take to begin the divorce process. Couples may cite "irreconcilable differences" as a reason for a split, which is known as no-fault divorce.
What is required for a no-fault divorce in New Jersey?
Many states allow for no-fault divorce, but each state's process is a little different. In New Jersey, a couple must be separated for 18 months before a no-fault divorce can become final. This waiting period allows couples to "cool off," examine their differences and take the time to make proper arrangements for life after divorce.
I know I want a divorce - now what?
Divorce brings many considerations, regardless of circumstance. Due diligence early in the process is often the key to leading a successful life after marriage. For couples with children under 18, issues like child support and visitation usually require the most attention. However, empty nesters and couples without children may be more worried about asset division.
Disagreements over politics can expose irreconcilable differences in a marriage. The climate in Washington may be contentious, but divorce doesn't have to be so. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, disagreeing spouses can elect to seek a new term in life.