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Finance and the Family

Aug 17, 2007
The breaking point in many marriages has been finances. Couples argue over when to spend, what to spend, how to share but remain financially independent, and similar financial issues. Certain couples argue throughout their entire lives about finances and it's an issue that is almost never resolved. What if there were simple steps to take to remedy this issue of finances? What if it could be prevented at the onset of the relationship? The good news: Both are possible with these simple tweaks to your current financial plan.

If you think managing and controlling your finances are difficult while on your own, it becomes even more difficult when you're married. If either one of the partners has a problem with budgeting, spending, or keeping track of their transaction, it can become a major problem in the relationship. If the couple has children, the problems are compounded and they put added strain on the finances. Each partner needs to answer to more than just themselves.

An unbelievably easy answer to financial problems in the family is to create a family budget. The budget can break down finances daily, weekly or monthly. It should include all income, bills and other fixed expenses and all money that will be spent without discretion ("pocket money"). This may seem like it is taking financial independence away from each partner, but in reality it is just creating a situation that allows for each partner to answer to their financial endeavors. It allows the couple to determine what can be spent on what, when it can be spent and who can spend it. This puts the couple in control of their finances and leaves no room for argument.

There are other similar methods that can be used. For example, couples could split the bills and other fixed costs on a ratio between how much they pay and how much they earn. This will also give each partner a feeling of importance as they are both contributing to the family in a financial way.

It is important that no past debts or financial problems are held against either partner. Allow each partner a chance to prove themselves financially, and using the methods above, don't let finances get the best of your family.
About the Author
S. Stammberger is editor of Financial Advisory Network. Financial Advisory Network offers information on financial planning, estate planning, and investment management.
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