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Do more assets cause more divorce arguments?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2023 | Divorce

When going through the divorce process, arguments are bound to arise sooner or later. However, some people believe that the vitriol behind these arguments and even their frequency can directly relate to the amount of assets a couple has.

Is this true? How do assets affect the tide of divorce?

How wealth brackets handle divorce

Business Insider discusses assets as a potential cause of friction within divorce. A popular divorce myth involves the idea that a couple with more assets will fight more than a couple with fewer assets due to the fact that they have more to lose.

However, one potential piece of evidence contrary to this is the fact that couples with over $5 million in assets actually have a higher rate of amiable divorce than any other wealth bracket.

By comparison, upper-middle-class couples do fight more than most other wealth brackets. However, considering they have fewer assets than those in the aforementioned upper-class wealth bracket, what does that say about assets and their impact on divorce arguments?

How financial views add to arguments

It is undeniable that assets do play a very big role in arguments surrounding divorce, both before and during the actual divorce process. However, it may have more to do with how people view their assets, rather than the assets on their own.

For example, upper-class couples typically feel more financially secure. This is why they have less reason to fight over assets. However, while upper-middle-class couples have more wealth than some, they do not have enough to feel financially secure, leading to more fights.

Of course, every divorce is different, however. What causes arguments for one couple may not stay the same for all.


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