Wealth often dictates many aspects of marriage and divorce alike. Popular myth states that couples with more wealth tend to fight more often during divorce, too.
But how true is that? And do assets and wealth themselves contribute to arguments or is it something more?
Finances versus financial comfort
As Business Insider highlights, arguments in divorce may have little to do with actual asset amounts. This is due to the fact that wealthy couples with over $5 million in net worth tend to fight less than any other wealth bracket and have the highest number of amiable divorces.
Despite that, couples with $1 to $5 million in net worth tend to fight more than anyone else. This is despite the fact that this is still a large amount of wealth to have in general.
So what separates these two brackets of couples? Is it the asset amount itself? Studies indicate that it might actually be the way people view their assets instead.
How security impacts interactions
In short, couples with higher asset amounts have a stronger feeling of financial security. This means they are more likely to compromise and negotiate with their partner, as they do not fear a large financial loss.
On the other hand, if any member of a couple feels financially insecure or threatened, they are much more likely to fight for as large a share of assets as possible. This leads to more fights that tend to be more vitriolic in nature. It is not the asset amount itself that leads to this, however.