It is common for the task of paying the bills and handling all the finances to fall solely on one partner in a marriage although this is not the best solution. Each couple is unique but it is often the wife who handles the checkbook and all the chores associated with it. This isn’t a good scenerio for either party. Both parties should be clued in to what is going on with their finances. It is irresponsible for the partner that isn’t taking part in the finances to leave all the responsibility of this on their partner. Also, should something happen to the one that handles all the finances, it can leave the other partner in a difficult position. They may have no knowledge of things like passwords to accounts or when the last bills were paid.
Having both inputs can make handling the finances much easier. It takes the burden off of your shoulders and allows you to share it. It opens up the door for discussions about finances and how different situations might be handled. Also, when you are both working together then you are getting a different viewpoint and it might be even better than what you had in mind. Your partner may give you an idea that you would have never thought of but it might be the very solution you have been searching for.
When you talk to your partner about becoming involved with the finances, explain that the weight of the responsibility is better shared and that you don’t want to carry it alone. Explain that you want and value their input. Tell them how much you look forward to working on your finances as a team and that you know that together you will make wiser decisions that give you a more secure future.
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