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Could election season be harming your marriage?

For some couples, Election Day cannot come soon enough. Many elements of marriage can threaten a particular union and political infighting can add tension to already strained spousal relationships. Though it would be lovely if everyone could get along like political power couple and polar opposites James Carville and Mary Matalin do, that ideal is simply not realistic.

If your relationship is straining during this the seemingly never-ending election season, there are a few things that you and your spouse can do to keep from filing for divorce when all is said and done on November 7.

First, try to honor your spouse, even if you disagree with his or her political views. Just as you deserve respect and consideration for your beliefs, your partner deserves the same. If you can work from a common set of ground rules based on mutual respect, the intense arguing may be kept to a minimum.

However, if every discussion about political issues turns into a fight, consider putting these topics down when you are around each other until election season is over and you both have had room to breathe. If you want to react to the news of the day, consider talking to friends, family or blogging instead of intentionally or unintentionally picking a fight with your spouse.

Finally, it is worth noting that if the tension in your marriage is so frustrating that navigating election season together is making you contemplate divorce, it does not hurt to seek a consultation with an experienced family law attorney. Regardless of what you decide, understanding what options are available to you and knowing how to prepare for all contingencies is valuable under any set of circumstances.

Source: Huffington Post, "Binders Full of Divorce Clients? How To Election-Proof Your Marriage," Bari Zell Weinberger, Oct. 27, 2012

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