Fighting with your spouse over financial challenges contributes to more than just emotional stress. According to the results of a survey, it will likely lead to divorce.
Researchers concluded that arguments about money and financial issues were indicators of other problems in the marriage. A dispute about money carried with it undertones of bigger relationship problems such as trust issues or conflicts over power.
The results of the study were that couples who made a conscious effort to communicate their feelings openly and honestly about financial challenges were the most likely to be able to work through their relationship issues. For couples whose financial arguments lead to a divorce, it is not too late to put some of the practical advice about communication and open discussions learned from the study to use to settle divorce issues.
Divorce mediation encourages couples to work together to reach a mutually acceptable resolution to divorce issues such as:
A successful mediation is one in which the parties put aside the emotional stress frequently associated with the divorce to reach an agreement with the assistance of a neutral and impartial mediator. Even if the parties cannot agree on all areas of dispute that may exist between them, limiting the number of issues that a judge must decide is preferable to a contested divorce in which the parties are unable to agree upon anything.
An excellent source of information and guidance about the benefits of divorce mediation is a Salt Lake City divorce attorney who has experience with it. The attorney may be able to answer your questions about Utah divorce laws and how the mediation process works.
Source: Business Insider, “A professor explains why fights about money are a possible predictor of divorce,” Molly Triffin, June 25, 2015