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July 12, 2013

K-State study: Arguments about money best predictor of divorce

Money is the root of the worst fights in relationships, and the best predictor of divorce, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

Money is the root of the worst fights in relationships, and the best predictor of divorce, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

Sonya Britt, an assistant professor of family studies and human services and program director of personal financial planning, studied data from 4,500 couples, Kansas State said in a written statement.

"It's not children, sex, in-laws or anything else,” Britt said in the statement. “It's money — for both men and women."

Britt conducted the study as part of the National Survey of Families and Households. The study, "Examining the Relationship Between Financial Issues and Divorce," is published in Family Relations, an interdisciplinary journal of applied family studies, the university statement said.

“Results revealed it didn't matter how much you made or how much you were worth,” Britt said in the university statement. “Arguments about money are the top predictor for divorce because it happens at all levels."

She said couples should seek a financial planner as part of premarital counseling, and talk about finances.

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