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With divorce being such a common occurrence, many are seeking answers as to what are the early symptoms a future dissolution. Researchers at Kansas State University think they may have found one of the major predictors of a future divorce.

According to the study, those who argued about financial matters early in their relationship were much more likely to get a divorce later, regardless of debt, wealth, or income. Also, researchers found arguments about money were equally the best predictors of divorce amongst both men and women. The study, which surveyed over 4,500 couples, also found that arguments about money were longer and more intense than any other type of argument.

Regardless of the statistical data, a divorce is typically a difficult process to go through. Emotions, which often affect both parties, can make communication and decision making difficult. Settling an agreement about property division, alimony, child custody, visitation plans and child support can be complicated. In many cases, a competent, experienced family law attorney can help the couple come together and put an end to the dispute so that both parties can walk away satisfied.

When an agreement about any of the above mentioned divorce issues cannot be reached the couple must go to court to settle their dispute. Here, several facts come into play depending on the issue at hand. A determination of child custody, for example, will depend upon which house is best suited to provide the child with emotional and financial stability and, generally, which household is in the child's best interest. Child support, on the other hand, will depend upon a non-custodial parent's wages and ability to pay.

Whether the end of a marriage comes about through financial disagreements, infidelity, or a general breakdown in the marriage, a family law attorney can help walk an individual through the process and can fight to protect his or her interests. After spending time in a marriage, it is only right that each side gets what is fair. An attorney will help ensure this fairness is upheld.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Study: Financial Arguments Early In Relationship May Predict Divorce," Jul. 12, 2013