Do assets contribute to divorce arguments?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2023 | Divorce

When going through divorce, it is important to understand what can impact how the divorce itself proceeds.

Assets, for example, make up a big portion of the cause behind arguments throughout divorce. But in what way?

Do high assets equal more arguments?

The Business Insider takes a look at couples going through divorce in all wealth brackets. The rumor that assets lead to bigger and worse arguments in divorce may have come from the upper-middle-class wealth bracket.

This bracket holds some notoriety for the amount of arguments they get into, and the level of intensity and vitriol in those arguments. In fact, the media even dubbed them “the fighting class”.

However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, upper-class couples with over $5 million in net worth have more amiable divorces than any other wealth bracket.

Views on assets and their ties to divorce

Thus, it is not the presence of wealth itself that appears to cause issues with arguments in divorce. However, assets do still contribute to divorce arguments in that how a person feels about their assets will significantly change how they behave in divorce.

It is often a feeling of financial insecurity that drives many of these arguments. This is why upper-middle-class couples tend to fight while upper-class couples have more amiable divorces.

Simply put, despite the fact that upper-middle-class couples have more wealth than many of their peers, they still do not have the same level of financial security that an upper-class couple has. In turn, this leads to a more intense desire to keep assets and thus more fighting over said assets.