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After all the planning, shopping, and being stressed, the wedding is over and the event was magical. Now real life of living as husband and wife becomes reality. This is an exciting new adventure and one that you will cherish. Along with the excitement, there is also responsibility, especially when it comes to money.

If fact, ahead of infidelity, gambling, and abuse, money is, the number one reason couples get divorced. Finances are stressful by themselves but now you add in another person's life, and things change. In most marriages, the husband and wife have very different ways of handling money. Often you will see one of is carefree and tends to buy things impulsively, while the other person is a tightwad, wanting to know where every penny goes. Unless the husband and wife agree on how the money will be handled, troubles can quickly arise.

The best thing is to attend a financial planning class together to understand money. After all, your financial responsibilities will change the minute the vows are exchanged. Together, you can decide on a system that works for both. For example, the person that likes to spend freely will agree to an "allowance" that can be spent however chosen while the person that hangs on to money will agree to special "dates" when money will not be an issue.

There also needs to be a decision as to who will pay the bills. Sometimes the husband does a better job and sometimes the wife. The important thing is that they are paid on time and recorded. Regardless of who does what, you need to talk about the money. If the bills have been paid, money put aside for savings, and the finances balanced, let your spouse know that this month there was an unexpected debt so money will be tighter. You need the communication, giving each other a sense of confident in the person paying the bills.

If you have not done this before getting married, as soon as you return from your honeymoon, together make a list of all debt. List the creditor, money owed, minimum monthly payment, term of each loan, and interest rate being paid. If either one of you are behind on any bills, missed a payment, or been turned down for credit or filed bankruptcy, these are things that should have been discussed prior to marriage.

For example, imagine falling in love with the most wonderful person. This person is hard working and very responsible. You talk about everything prior to the wedding, except for the finances. You get married, have a wonderful honeymoon, and come home to find out your spouse had a recent bankruptcy that you were never told about and many of the bills are past due. Although this is your spouse's credit, not yours, if the two of you want to buy a new car or home, apply for a credit card, or a number of things, you will be turned down. This is a serious problem and certainly not the way to start a marriage.

After making your list of creditors, now you need to look at both incomes coming in monthly and annually. It is common for marriages to have to stretch money when first starting out. However, if the two of you work toward a common goal, it will not be long before you have money in the bank and bills paid off.

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