Some couples in Illinois may have had more relationship troubles since the presidential election. According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 22 percent of people say they know of a couple whose relationship has been adversely affected by the election of President Trump.
The study surveyed 1,000 respondents during one week in April and found that one in 10 couples split up over political differences after the election. Millennials had a higher rate of breaking up over politics than the general population, with 22 percent reporting that they ended relationships due to such disagreements. While many couples argue about money, more than one in five reported arguing more about politics than money in the past six months.
One attorney reported that she had never seen such a spike in divorces caused by political differences. The study also found that nearly one-quarter of people who were in a relationship said they were having more arguments about politics.
If a couple decides to divorce because of political differences or for some other reason, their property may need to be divided. If they have children, they will need to reach a decision about child custody. Unless the couple had issues such as domestic violence during the relationship, they might want to try to negotiate property division and child custody. However, if they are unable to come to an agreement, the case may go to litigation. A judge will make an effort to divide property in a way that seems fair, and decisions about child custody will be made with the best interests of the child as the main priority.