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New poll suggests politics often trumps love

Feuding couples in Texas might have partisan politics to blame for their relationship issues. According to a Wakefield Research poll of 1,000 people in married and unmarried relationships, 24 percent of couples have been fighting about politics more than ever.

Another 22 percent of respondents reported that they knew people whose marriages had become strained due to disagreements concerning the Trump election. A full 10 percent of couples said that they had ended their relationships because of political views, and millennial couples proved to be especially unfavorable toward differing views. Members of that generation split up at a rate of 22 percent because of recent political developments.

Divorce attorneys confirm the uptick in political fights among their clients. An attorney who has practiced matrimonial law for 35 years said that the Trump election has triggered the largest number of political-fueled divorces that she has ever seen. She explained that the divorces emerged from demands that one partner must agree with the other.

Those considering divorce may want to retain a lawyer. An attorney could look at the financial situation and advise the client about what to expect when dividing assets and debts. A lawyer might suggest that the former partners mediate their divorce to control costs; however, litigation could be necessary if the people cannot agree about property division, child custody, ownership of business assets or the interpretation of a prenuptial agreement. To pursue the client's goals, an attorney could prepare a case for court and present information about the long-term financial needs of the family.

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