May 24, 2017 | Divorce


Some Illinois couples may have experienced more strain than usual on their relationships since the presidential election in November. Between April 12 and April 18, a Virginia polling company conducted a survey of 1,000 people around the country to learn more about the effect of politics on relationships and found that among millennials, 22 percent had broken up with a partner over political differences. Across all couples, 1 in 10 said they had done so.

The study also found that 22 percent of people said they knew a couple whose relationship had suffered directly from the election of President Trump. Although money is a frequent topic of dispute in relationships, more than one in five people in relationships reported that since the election, they had fought about politics more than finances.

One divorce attorney in New York said that after 35 years of practice, she was seeing the highest ever number of divorces over politics. This observation was support by the survey, which found that among people in relationships, 24 percent were disagreeing with their partners more than ever before about politics.

The issues that lead to divorce may involve both people in a relationship discovering that they have very different values, and if this happens, they may struggle to negotiate issues such as child custody and property division. However, parents should work to keep the child’s relationship with the other parent strong unless there are issues such as abuse. A couple may also want to negotiate an agreement about property division with the help of their separately-retained lawyers. Doing this outside of court may be quicker and less expensive, but if the couple cannot agree, the case may have to be decided by a judge.