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Don’t Let Money Ruin Your Relationships

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Don’t Let Money Ruin Your Relationships’s Kathryn Vasel on why money is a leading cause behind divorce and how couples can work together to sort out and avoid potential disagreements.

When it comes to finding your soul mate, it might also be in your best interest to find your financial mate.

According to research from Jeffrey Dew, an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University, arguments over finances are a prime risk factor for divorce.

Dew identified the five most common arguments couples have: chores, spending time together, sex, money and in-laws, and found that across all income levels and both genders, money was the most-cited hot-button issue among couples for a divorce.

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“For men, money was the only type of fight predicting divorce; for women, it was money and sex, but money was the stronger predictor.”

And it’s not just lack of funds that cause couples to fight. Dew says it’s more about conflicting money management styles and personalities that cause friction, and oftentimes, financial arguments aren't about money at all.

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