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Tag: couples’ money conflict

How to Know When Financial Therapy Might Help

What is a financial therapist, and how do you know when you need one? Basically, a financial therapist fills the gap between financial planners (often numbers specialists who don’t understand psychology), and therapists (often behavioral change specialists who don’t...

Faux Financial Intimacy or Genuine Communication

Are you and your spouse truly aligned when it comes to finances? Do you rarely experience conflicts about money? If so, you might have financial intimacy in your relationship. This goes beyond merely sharing financial information. It involves both partners feeling...

How Much Money Secrecy Equals Financial Infidelity?

Do you keep secrets about your spending from your significant other? Research shows that 44% of partners do. Some money secrets within a coupleship are matters of privacy or convenience, while others cross a line into financial infidelity. A recent survey by...

Couples With Income Inequality, Part 2

Last week I described three common dynamics in couples where one partner is much wealthier than the other. Those are the “Funder and Beneficiary” where the wealthy partner pays for everything, the “Proportional Spenders” who contribute based on their income, and the...

When Couples Keep Financial Secrets

How willing are you to talk about money? Many of us are perfectly willing to talk a lot about others’ money: the cost of government programs, the cost of living, our personal taxes, and public policy on taxing business profits. What we don’t talk about is our...