Couples who argue about money frequently or early in their relationship are much more likely to divorce, according to new research.
Researchers at the University of Kansas analysed data from a national household survey, Authint Mail reports. According to Assistant Professor Sonya Britt:
“Arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce. It’s not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It’s money for both men and women. In the study, we controlled for income, debt and net worth. Results revealed it didn’t matter how much you made or how much you were worth. Arguments about money are the top predictor for divorce because it happens at all levels.”
Arguments about money between couples last longer than others and provoke the use of harsher language, Britt added.
“You can measure people’s money arguments when they are very first married. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, but if when they were first together they are already arguing about money, there is a good chance they are going to have poor relationship satisfaction.”
The study was published in the journal Family Relations.