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Do assets contribute to divorce arguments?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Divorce & Legal Separation |

Many people hold opinions about assets and how they affect a divorce. In fact, some believe that couples with higher assets will actually have more arguments.

Where did this myth originate? And exactly how true is it, in the first place?

Contention created through assets

Business Insider takes a look at the lines between assets and divorce. Assets often actually lead to divorce in some cases, as many couples do end up fighting over finances at some point in the marital lifespan.

During a divorce itself, can assets actually lead to more arguments, though? People often speculate that this is the case due to the fact that couples with more assets naturally have more to fight over in the first place.

And in some ways, it is a true speculation to make. But perhaps not in the way that people initially assume.

Upper-middle class vs. upper-class divorce

To highlight this, it is important to take a look at the differences in a divorce between upper-middle class couples and wealthy couples. While upper-middle class couples fight enough to have earned the media moniker “the fighting class”, wealthy couples actually have more amiable divorces than any other wealth bracket.

Why is this? Essentially, some believe that it boils down to the way that people view assets, rather than the actual amount of assets in question.

In short: a couple with fewer assets will feel less financially secure than a couple with more assets. This leads to more desperation to keep a greater share of assets, which can indeed contribute to arguments in divorce.

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