Problems can crop up when a wife makes more than her husband. Here's how to head off problems before they begin.
Debbie Whitlock says she's very lucky. She and her husband, Pat, own a financial-planning firm in Seattle. A few years ago, Whitlock's side of the business began pulling in more income than her spouse. She traveled a lot on business and found she had less time to contribute to household upkeep and chores. Like many men watching their female partner become more successful, her husband could have been resentful, even jealous. It was a classic setup for a relationship disaster.
Instead, Whitlock and her husband quickly sat down to talk. Whitlock's market, women who had become suddenly single after a divorce or death of a spouse, was underserved and profitable. But the question was, should she continue down a road more lucrative than her husband's? Could he endure the sight of his wife being more successful than him? She wanted to talk through the gray areas and makeRead More »from Household economics: When a woman outearns her spouse