Young girls grow up watching the fantasy lives of their favorite Disney princesses. They set their expectations of relationships based on the happily ever after in each of the movies, but what happens after the credits roll? Are many of these fantasy romances headed for a high-asset divorce?
These movies often end with marriage, but are some of the biggest reasons for divorce already visible in the relationships? Take Snow White and her seven dwarfs. Opposite-sex relationships are often a source of tension in a relationship. Even where a sexual relationship is not present, emotional infidelity can leave one spouse feeling betrayed.
Beauty and her beast are a very serious example of a factor for divorce. In the movie, the beast’s temper is glossed over, but in real life it could be a very serious issue. More relationships than one may think involve domestic violence caused by an individual who can’t get a grip on their anger.
Even Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” has the type of relationship that can leave one spouse with resentment that can cause issues down the road. In some relationships, one spouse is forced to change who they are as a person – or in Ariel’s case is forced to give up her mermaid status. Some never get to have children because their spouse doesn’t want them or vice versa.
Finances seem to be the issue for Aladdin and Jasmine. At the end of the movie, the pair is left living under Jasmine’s father’s roof. In their case, the arguments may center on the fact that Jasmine’s father provides everything. This and many other finance-related arguments are often listed as the major reason for a divorce. And in this case, there is a very disparate level of wealth between the spouses and no apparent prenuptial agreement in place — something that most high-asset couples choose to obtain.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Disney Princess Marriage: Couples That May Not Have Lived Happily Ever After,” Aug. 22, 2012