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Researchers find the top cause of divorce

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Arguments over children, in-laws and sex won't increase your risk for divorce nearly as much as arguments over money.

Researchers from Kansas State University surveyed 4,500 married couples across the nation. They found no matter how much income a person pulls in, arguments about money are the number one predictor of divorce.

Researchers say it takes couples longer to recover from fights about finances than any other kind of argument because they are so intense. Couples often used harsher language and drag the fight out longer when it involves money.

Researchers also say the earlier in a relationship the couple starts fighting, the more likely the relationship will end in divorce.

The leader of the study advises new couples to seek a financial planner as part of premarital counseling, pull each other's credit reports and talk through how to handle finances fairly for both individuals.

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