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Does wealth impact the arguments in a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2023 | Divorce |

When going through divorce, most people will argue over several points. Even the most amicable of divorces will have a few arguments here and there.

Popular myth says that people will fight more if they have more assets on the line, though. Is this true?

Wealthy couples fight less often

As Business Insider reveals, finances and divorce might not tie together in quite the way people expect. It is impossible to deny that finances do impact divorce in many ways. However, some surprising information exists regarding the wealthiest of couples.

In short, couples considered wealthy – i.e. couples with a net worth of over $5 million – actually have more amicable divorces than any other wealth bracket. In other words, they fight less than anyone else.

On the other hand, couples in the upper-middle class bracket fight so much that they earned the moniker “the fighting class” from the press.

Views on assets have the biggest impact

So what is it? Do couples actually fight more with more money, or do they fight less? Studies speculate that it might have more to do with financial security, or how someone feels about their assets, rather than the actual assets.

Essentially, a couple with moderate amounts of wealth might seem well-off to others. However, they often feel financially insecure because a divorce could potentially end their current lifestyle.

On the other hand, wealthier families do not have these same concerns. This lack of financial insecurity makes them more likely to cooperate with one another, facilitating amicable divorces that seem common in wealthier brackets.


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