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It is hypothesized that one causal factor of divorce among heterosexual American couples is financial problems It is said that the number one cause of divorce is financial problems No mater how rich or poor a person is one constant subject of marital disagreements leading to divorce is money In reality of course it is not the lack of money that causes divorce The vast majority of couples who split cite money as the main or primary factor A recent study found that 57 percent of divorced couples said financial disputes were a primary cause of marital discord Larson Newell Topham Nichols 2002 Ten percent said it was the main cause of divorce However the issue of money doesnt always have to lead to the demise of a relationship For married couples the financial aspect of the relationship actually has some benefitsJohnson Wright Ketring 2002 There is a sense of stability and security when two people can work together and manage money cooperatively Johnson Wright Ketring 2002 Married couples also enjoy more tax benefits than singles because they are more likely to own a home than to rent However money can cause some serious problems in a relationship While different views about money can lead to strife experts say many times the issue of money is only the lip of the iceberg for a mound of problems that exist in the relationship Johnson Wright Ketring 2002 One money issue for couples of today have to deals with is the women bringing home the larger paycheck Crouter Sayer McHale 2001 Now more women are working and many of them are holding down high-paying professional jobs Women generally are the money managers in the relationship responsible for budgeting balancing the checkbook etc with little or no input from their partnerLavee Katz 2002 This was not much of a problem for couples say a generation ago when the man was the primary breadwinner
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