Vanessa Trump, 40, has filed a complaint for divorce from Donald Trump, Jr., 40, in Manhattan Supreme Court. The couple has been married for 12 years. They have five children together. The complaint is listed as uncontested.
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The election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States came as a surprise to many. It has been compared to the recent Brexit vote when the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.
Nigel Shepherd, the chair of Resolution, an organization of family law solicitors in the UK, says that stress over Brexit is adding to pressure on couples on the brink of divorce.
“We have come across a number of families in this country because one them voted differently in the referendum,” Shepherd said. “They fell out in a big way because one voted for remain and one for leave.
“I suspect that was unlikely to have been the sole reason but we have heard of cases from a number of our members. It was a really divisive campaign. It pushed some couples. It was the last straw that made them think ‘we are really incompatible’.”
Will we see a similar phenomenon in the US among couples where one voted for Donald Trump and the other for Hillary Clinton?
I heard a new term today on Morning Joe. They were talking about Donald Trump’s refusal to change his position even when confronted with the evidence that he was wrong.
This is known to psychologists as the backfire effect. It is human nature to try to hang onto beliefs when they are threatened, even if they are wrong.
This is true in divorces as well. That’s why a head-on attack on your spouse’s view is rarely successful. It only cause people to dig in their heels and defend their position. The way around this involves empathy, listening, questioning and patience.