As a society, we’ve never been more connected. The Internet allows us to update each other on a minute-by-minute basis through social media and e-mail. Such instant communication also paves the way for potential disagreements. For example, before the Internet, two relatives who only saw each other on Thanksgiving were unlikely to know much about each other’s political leanings. Now, one relative can see a constant stream of political articles on a daily basis, articles he or she may not agree with. Whether someone supported Trump, Clinton, or a different candidate entirely, most people agree the recent election created tension within families and between friends and acquaintances across the United States and the world; tension still present as the new administration makes changes.
Have People Broken Ties Over Politics?
Politics has been around throughout recorded history. In all that time, more than one friendship must have been compromised as a result of political differences. At least one couple in recent news has separated as a result of the 2016 election. Gayle McCormick, a 73-year-old Democrat separated from her husband of 22 years after he said he was voting for Trump. Other couples with political differences have also considered divorce after realizing their ideological dissimilarities were so great. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 13% of people polled said they had ended a relationship with a family member or close friend because of the election. While statistics show that more people choose a spouse whose ideals mostly mirror their own, a study of more than 18 million married couples shows that around 45% of those marriages are between members of different political parties. Chances of disagreement resulting from political arguments, therefore, are not surprising. When those disagreements are severe enough to cause constant conflict, however, divorce is likely.
Many marriages with political differences survive, but it takes a particular type of couple to work. Here are some questions to consider if you’re having ideological disagreements with your partner:
- Do you respect each other?
- Can you fight without needing to win?
- Does your partner add happiness to your life?
Your answers to these questions might determine whether or not a divorce is necessary. Contact us to schedule a meeting with one of our Austin divorce lawyers and discuss your case.