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Losing a spouse is a terrible tragedy. For the surviving spouse, it's important to take time to grieve. Then, when the time is right, you'll need to begin reviewing and adjusting your finances.
Once the honeymoon is over, completing these five steps will help ensure a bright financial future for you and your spouse.
Money can be a messy, touchy subject in even the best of relationships. But if you happen to end up with someone who holds wildly different views on money management, things can get downright painful.
"I am getting married soon, but I also need to file for bankruptcy. Would it be wise to file before we are married or wait until after?"
Can I consolidate debt as an individual if I'm married? I don't want to affect my wife’s credit score.
A reader asks if getting married means you're responsible for each other's debts.
The marriage rate among young adults has gone down steadily every generation and it turns out that money worries are one of the leading factors.
If Shakespeare was around today the saying might be “Love is blind...but not if you have a boatload of debt, in which case love sees that business and needs you to take care of it ASAP.”
A recent poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) regarding money and marriage resulted in some alarming statistics. According to the results, 68 percent of respondents indicated they would feel uncomfortable discussing money with their future spouse. And five percent indicated the conversation would be so unpleasant, it would cause them to call off the wedding.
I don't know about you, but I find these numbers to be pretty alarming — on a few levels.
The key to a happy marriage lies in communication. And the key to good communication is trust. So ultimately, if you don’t trust your partner enough to believe that you could persevere through a tough conversation, there are likely some underlying issues that need to be addressed BEFORE walking down the aisle.
Don’t get me wrong, I know from personal experience that discussing finances is rarely (if ever!) a pleasant conversation. But I also know it’s a necessary conversation.
Being the daughter of a psychologist whose specialty is marriage counseling, I had it hammered into my head from a young age that open, honest communication (which also requires listening!) is important for a healthy relationship. Yet, even with that knowledge, I can tell you that 90 percent of the fights my husband (of only 10 months, mind you!) and I have had, are related to finances. So trust me, I get it!
But I also know that with every conversation, we get more comfortable talking about those hard-hitting money issues. And in the long run, it has helped to make our relationship stronger.
So whether you’re engaged, a newlywed or you’ve been married for 35 years, there’s still a lot you can do to improve your finances – and ultimately, your relationship. You just have to start talking.
Download our Love and Money eBook for more tips about starting the conversation, as well as tools and resources to help manage your finances as a couple.
How do you approach the topic of finances in your relationship? Any tips, tricks or strategies? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post!
It wasn’t until we were both working full time and still not making a dent in our monthly expenses that we had to sit back and take a good look at the reality of the situation. The reality was that we owed a lot of money.
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