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A recent survey from America has found that financial arrangements are the main cause of arguments, with couples who are married or living together averaging three arguments a month over money.
According to the survey, which was conducted for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) by Harris Interactive, 27% of those who are married or cohabiting said disagreements over money are most likely to prompt a spat. That made it the most volatile topic, ahead of arguments about children, chores, work or friends.
Since 2007, the AICPA has conducted an annual survey of Americans to determine their top financial concerns and assess their financial well-being. Additional findings include:
- Three in ten adults who are married or living with a partner have engaged in at least one potentially deceitful behaviour related to their finances. The most common such behaviours include hiding purchases and making major purchases without consulting their significant other.
- Among married adults, 36% of those aged 55 to 64 say financial matters cause arguments, which is notably higher than the percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds (15%), or seniors (20%), who say the same.
- The average number of arguments prompted by financial matters rises with age. While among all married adults the average number of disagreement is three per month, among those aged 45 to 54, the average number of arguments rises to four per month.
- More than half of those whose financial status has declined in the past year, 53%, report that financial matters are most likely to prompt arguments with their spouse.
The Law Commission has made recommendations to bring inheritance law into line with the needs and expectations of modern families, and simplify the law to help the bereaved deal with the property of a deceased family member.
A recent bulletin from the Office for National Statistics presents annual statistics on divorces that took place in 2010 following court orders, in England and Wales. The figures show that there were 119,589 divorces in England and Wales in 2010, an increase of 4.9%.
A recent study by researchers at Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research has found that a majority (61%) of young adults have formed a family by age 25.
A recent statistical release from Eurostat has revealed that in 2008, 74% of children in the 27 EU member states lived with two married parents, while 14% lived in a single-parent household and 12% in a household with cohabitating parents.
A recent statistical release from the Office for National Statistics has provided data on live births in England and Wales in 2010 by characteristics of the mother, including age and family setting.
The Law Society has called for reform of cohabitation law to allow cohabitants proper redress in the event of a relationship breakdown, when their financial and property rights need to be adjusted.
A recent study carried out in America has claimed that cohabitation now poses a greater threat to family stability than divorce.