Relationships

Are You and Your Sweetheart Financially Compatible?

Are You and Your Sweetheart Financially Compatible?

It’s the month of celebrating love, but financial conflicts can dampen celebrations—and entire relationships. If you share finances with a spouse or significant other (or if you plan to in the future), you probably already know that you…

The Warning Signs of Financial Abuse

The Warning Signs of Financial Abuse

[Editor’s Note: The following piece contains descriptions of graphic violence.]

One hot summer afternoon, 15-year-old Nancy Salamone was hanging out on the boardwalk at Orchard Beach, in her hometown of the Bronx, which is how she spent…

The Joke About Women And Money

The Joke About Women And Money

My husband has a habit of saying in public that I am “bad with money.” He’ll toss this out in conversation as though it’s common knowledge, expecting to be met with general agreement, not debate. If he were…

Why Fathers Should Take Parental Leave

Why Fathers Should Take Parental Leave

When expectant father Brian asked his boss about paternity leave, his boss thought he meant maternity leave — the company didn’t offer it for men. The company ended up granting Brian just 1.7 days to spend with…

Are You Ready for Marriage?

Are You Ready for Marriage?

I once knew a girl in college who started a binder of fantasy wedding clippings when she was 8 years old. This perplexed me.

I grew up in a household with happily married parents who never pushed romantic ideals upon…

7 Common Money Lies Couples Tell

7 Common Money Lies Couples Tell

Several years ago, a friend of mine admitted she had a bank account her husband didn’t know about so that she could spend from her secret stash on the sly. And recently, an acquaintance who owns a luxury jewelry…

Don’t Let Financial Shame Hurt Your Relationships

Don’t Let Financial Shame Hurt Your Relationships

Money conversations can bring up a wheelbarrow of issues, including shame, fear, and isolation — the trifecta of emotions. For “Susan,” these hidden feelings were beginning to wear on her relationship with her partner because she was never…

How Are Pets Handled In Divorce?

How Are Pets Handled In Divorce?

Mark and Julie are getting divorced. The process hasn’t been fun, but it’s mostly been reasonable, and settlement negotiations have all but concluded. They’ve decided who gets the house, who’ll keep which…

Do You Fight Over Money?

Do You Fight Over Money?

You’ve heard that disagreements over money are a major cause of divorce. So, why don’t more couples work to manage these differences of opinion before it’s too late? I believe it’s because…

Financial Questions to Ask Before Marriage

Financial Questions to Ask Before Marriage

For couples on the brink of getting married, the whole “how do we co-manage our finances” subject can really dampen the celebratory mood. Nevertheless, it’s an important topic to tackle — particularly when one or…