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Many factors can weigh in on divorce, including politics

On Behalf of | May 9, 2017 | Divorce

Our readership is, we note well, the antithesis of an audience that makes snap judgments and is generally uninformed on material matters that broadly affect Americans in fundamentally important ways.

We know that Massachusetts residents from across the state who read our family law blog posts (and, hopefully, find them to be uniformly informative, timely and personally relevant) have deeply personal and thoughtfully nuanced views on all manner of subjects, ranging from finances and child rearing to religion, education and more.

And we note further that those and additional topics often come to the fore in family-related legal matters, especially divorce.

Market analysis firm Wakefield Research specifically spotlights one factor that has emerged with prominence recently in the realm of what we might reasonably term relational compatibility.

Namely, that is politics, a subject that, while commonly inspiring passion and, indeed, strident debate in American culture, is concededly even a bit more incendiary and brittle these days than has been the case in recent years.

There is no denying the effect — empirically demonstrated in repeated fashion through polling, news shows, interviews and research initiatives — that President Donald Trump has had in engendering impassioned political viewpoints across the country.

The point that Wakefield Research interestingly makes is that there is reportedly a discernibly growing level of fallout among couples harboring competing political views, a development that researchers say distinctly owes to the current president’s ability to both draw and deter support across a wide swath of the populace.

Although such has always been the case to varying degrees regarding presidential administrations, of course, Wakefield points out that nearly one-third of Americans involved in relationships say that arguments involving the current president have adversely affected their partnerships.

“In the wake of the whole Trump phenomenon,” notes one family law commentator, “people have gotten to the point of divorce over political divisions.”

It is always interesting to peruse offered statistics and perceived trends regarding divorce and select variables, but it is certainly useful while doing so to appreciate that marital dissolution in Massachusetts and across the country collectively owes to a wide universe of complicating factors. Every matter is different.

And, while politics can certainly be a dividing line in some marriages, so, too, can be myriad other things.

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