While finances are frequently a major cause of arguments in a marriage, a study by Wakefield Research found that in the six months after the election of President Trump, over 20 percent of couples said they had argued more about Trump’s policies than money. People in Pennsylvania may be among the 22 percent who said they knew a couple whose relationship was directly affected in a negative way by the election of Trump.

The survey by the Virginia-based polling group spoke to 1,000 people between April 12 and April 18. It found that 24 percent of couples said they had been experiencing more conflict about politics than they ever had before.

One New York divorce attorney said that she had been practicing law for 35 years and had never seen so many marriages ending because of politics. According to Wakefield, 22 percent of millennial couples and 10 percent of couples across all age groups had ended their relationship because of political disagreements.

Some relationships may end for reasons, such as political differences, that may indicate a significant difference in values between the two people. If there are children, each parent might feel that this difference in values makes the other person an unfit parent. However, it is important for parents to remember that a court is unlikely to view the situation in this way, and an attempt by one parent to argue that the other parent is unfit based on factors like this may have the opposite of its intended effect. Genuine reasons that may make a parent unfit for custody include a history of domestic abuse, substance abuse or something like military deployment that means the parent is frequently away. In other cases, mediation might help parents come to an agreement about child custody and

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