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Money woes can lead to divorce for Pennsylvania couples

Most everyone in Pennsylvania has heard the saying that money makes the world go around. If the statistics regarding divorce count for anything, it may be that those statistics illustrate this point. The fact that money tops the list of predictors of divorce has just been confirmed for a second time.

Research appears to show that when couples have arguments about money, especially early in a marriage, they are headed for divorce at some point. These arguments tend to be more heated and last longer than other arguments. They also seem to take longer to get over. No other issue seems to come close to the impact money issues can have on a relationship.

Couples can combat this research by dealing with money issues up front before any vows are exchanged. Discussing the ideas about money and the debt that each party is bringing to the marriage can help diffuse this issue later. Many couples that argue over money may not have been on the same page regarding how money will be spent and used once married. Prenuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements are becoming a popular way for couples to get on the same page regarding money.

Of course, there is no guarantee that, even with all of the preparation possible prior to the marriage, Pennsylvania couples may still be able to come to terms with their financial issues. In that case, couples could still end up getting a divorce. However, the divorce process doesn’t have to be unpleasant for either party. If there is not prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement, a couple can still have an amicable divorce through mediation or collaborative law.

Source: digitaljournal.com, “Arguing about money a top predictor for divorce,” Kathleen Blanchard, July 14

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