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The battle over styles may send couples to court

For anyone in Little Rock who is thinking of renovating his or her house, it may come as a surprise at just how stressful it can be. Even for those people who live alone, the costs of renovations, the stress of discovering just how much must be done and the intrusive nature of trying to remodel is enough to leave even the most centered of people at their wits end. It may not be too surprising then that 12 percent of couples have considered divorce during a home rennovation.

A survey was taken by a home improvement website and approximately one-third of respondents said that contrasting styles were the biggest cause of conflict. Although there are likely many couples in Arkansas with differing styles, not everyone is getting divorced, so what exactly is the problem?

One marriage counselor has chalked it up to individuals feeling like their partners are not listening to them. While not everyone is going to get their way in a remodel, spouses with contrasting styles should find a way to compromise or, at the very least, talk through design decisions together. When one spouse makes all the decisions and ignores the other there could be some serious problems with the marriage.

While the survey did not say how many of those couples thinking of divorce actually went through and filed, there were likely quite a few. The combination of a stressful remodeling project and poor communication between spouses does not bode well for a long-lasting and happy marriage.

Source: Huffington Post, "Home Renovations Make 12 Percent of Couples Consider Divorce, According To Houzz Survey," Shane Ecker, July 31, 2013

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