Money Talks: 8 Financial Conversations You Need to Have with Your Partner

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Separate accounts
Before you go any further in your money conversations, you and your partner will need to settle your differences when it comes to going joint or ... more 
Photo by: Flickr/RikkisRefugeOther
Separate accounts
Before you go any further in your money conversations, you and your partner will need to settle your differences when it comes to going joint or separate in your finances. Will you maintain separate checking and savings account? Join up for one joint? Keep both? Who will pay what bills from what account?
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Mon, Jun 17, 2013 11:48 AM EDT

When my husband and I got married, we didn't really discuss who would handle our finances. We stood, rather awkwardly, in the lobby of our bank and almost wordlessly, switched over his name to all my existing accounts. Although my husband is a math teacher, I happily run much of our financial life. The bills, the credit cards, the checking accounts, retirement, and rather meager starts to our kids' education fund have all fallen squarely into the "things I do" category. I think it's pretty common for one partner to take the reins in the money department, but as I found out the hard way, it can also be a lonely and overwhelming business to run the financial show solo. As it turns out, talking freely about our finances was a boost to our relationship and our bank account. Click through for 8 financial conversations you need to have with your partner! -By Chaunie Brusie

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