How well do you and your spouse sync when it comes to handling money? Do you agree, or agree to disagree – or just plain disagree? Did you and your honey have to come to an understanding when you tied the knot? Did you manage to do it before you got into trouble?
Maybe that’s all in the rear view mirror, but what about your kids? Are they grown and ready to get hitched? Do you worry about them or their prospective mates? Well, you might have good reason to be but, fortunately, there are some steps you can take to avoid disaster.
Even though research suggests that married couples are more likely to accumulate wealth and meet certain financial goals than their single peers, disagreements over money can derail those plans. Before tying the knot, experts recommend that couples have a series of talks about money to prevent conflicts later. USNews Money
Here are the bullets, but be warned: some of them are not terribly romantic!
- Know each other’s credit histories. An uncomfortable discussion now avoids surprises later. Trust me, a friend got a big surprise when she learned her new husband had previously failed to pay child support and was having his wages garnisheed FOR THE REST OF TIME.
- Separate or joint accounts? There are good arguments for either one.
- Long-term goals. Save for a house or retirement – or party like it’s 1999?
- Spending styles. More often than not, you will be opposites. But that can be a good thing! You can learn from each other… or just fight a lot.
- Who does what? Somebody has to take charge of writing the checks, licking the stamps, etc. Thankfully, it’s not me.
- Dealing with relatives. What happens when your broke sister-in-law’s car breaks down? That could get really hairy if you don’t plan ahead.
Personally, my wife and I get along fine in this area because we pretty much addressed each of these items early on. How about you?
Anyway, it’s a good article, so check it out.