Getting married, or committing to a common-law relationship, is a significant life decision. The strength and stability of the basis for such a permanent connection require different bricks to provide security. One of those is open conversations about money matters. The number of divorced couples who blame their breakups on financial disputes underscores the importance of such talks. While couple’s in British Columbia start their new shared lives as spouses, they might not realize that conversations about the division of property may follow soon if they fail to establish a firm financial understanding.
Advisors say stress and arguments about money can be avoided by discussing the following matters before the marriage or moving in together. Talk about the financial goals and expectations of each spouse. If one is frugal and avoids spending money while the other party loves restaurant meals and expensive clothes, disagreements are sure to follow if no agreements are reached in advance. The financial histories of each could be discussed, with full disclosure of the debts each party will bring into the relationship.
Each spouse must know the income of the other, and agreements about whether they will pool their incomes, or keep them separate is best resolved before the case is taken to child custody court. Couples who have no financial secrets and precise guidelines about how they will handle marital incomes and expenses are said to be less likely to disagree about money. Even those who are at different ends of the scale when it comes to financial personalities may be able to agree on workable money management plans for the family.
However, any British Columbia person who is the victim of a marriage that did not survive financial disputes may find that the division of property may be equally contentious. An experienced divorce lawyer may the appropriate person to provide support and guidance during this challenging time. A lawyer may even arrange divorce mediation that may help the spouses to agree on a settlement that will save time and money.
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Source: globalnews.ca, “5 financial facts every couple should know about their partner before getting married“, Dani-Elle Dube, Accessed on July 15, 2017