Finances or the lack there of can be a major strain on a married couple’s relationship. In general people are funny about money and that is why it is so important that couples keep an open dialogue about their finances. An online survey of Canadian couples [a similar culture to Americans] found that 92% of people believe it is important to be on the same page as their spouse when it comes to finances. Although 92% of people believe that it is important to be on the same page, only approximately 65% discussed any issue related to household finances. Although the topic is uncomfortable to talk about, it is necessary to discuss in order to prevent a breakdown of the marriage due to a lack of communication about finances. The following are important financial topics to discuss:
The above list is not inclusive and I advise hiring a financial planner to help break down the numbers. Couples that do not communicate about their finances will likely have communication breakdowns in other parts of the relationship. Do yourself a favor and have that difficult conversation.