How to Prevent the #1 Cause of Marital Rift

| May 27, 2014

Bush-Wealth-Advantage-4EDITORIAL – One survey found financial matters is “the most common source of discord among American couples.”¹ Further, the survey concluded, arguments over money predominantly involve a differing opinion of “needs” versus “wants,” unexpected expenses and insufficient savings.

Fortunately, couples may be able to head off many of the problems in a marriage that money can cause.

10 Tips for Newly Married Couples

Communication—Couples should consider talking about their financial goals, memories and habits because each may come into the marriage with fundamental differences in experiences and outlook that will drive their behaviors.

Set Goals—Setting goals establish a common objective that both become committed to pursuing.

Create a Budget—A budget is an exercise for developing a spending and savings plan that is designed to reflect mutually agreed upon priorities.

Set the Foundation for Your Financial House—Identify assets and debts. Look to begin reducing debts while building your emergency fund.

Work Together—By sharing the financial decision making, both spouses are vested in all choices, reducing the friction that can come from a single decision-maker.

Set a Minimum Threshold for Big Expenses—While possessing a level of individual spending latitude is reasonable, large expenditures should only be made with both spouses’ consent. Agree to what purchase amount should require a mutual decision.

Set Up Regular Meetings—Set aside a pre-determined time every two weeks or once a month to discuss finances. Talk about your budgeting, upcoming expenses and any changes in circumstances.

Update and Revise—As a newly married couple, you may need to update the beneficiaries on your accounts, reevaluate your insurance coverage and revise (or create) your will.²

Love, Trust and Honesty—Approach contentious subjects with care and understanding, be honest about money decisions you know your spouse might be upset with, and trust your spouse to be responsible about handling finances.

Consider Speaking with a Financial Advisor—A financial advisor may offer insights to help you work through the critical financial decisions that all married couples face

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. The opinion voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. 

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