BE PREPARED FOR LIFE TRANSITIONS ;
Life is full of events and surprises, and it is easy in time of bliss---------or of great stress------ to lose control of your finances and make decisions that could stand in your way for a lifetime. Getting married , having kids, changing jobs, and going through divorce require proper focus on finances.
NOTHING STAYS THE SAME ;
Throughout your life, there will be periods of steady income and gaps between those periods . There will be times of unusual or abnormally high expenses ------ a college education to pay for, wedding , family moves , divorce , and early death of a spouse . All that effects your personal finances and personal finance planning .
LOVE AND MARRIAGE ;
Financially, getting married can be one of the best things to happen to you. Your " sole proprietorship" becomes a partnership , with two productive entities working together to achieve goals, whatever they migh be . Even if your spouse doesn't have a job and does not contribute to your income , the effort provided in caring for property , raising children and managing affairs so that you can be more productive represents a great value .( Alert ) If the two don't clarify their roles in the marriage, the seed of failure begin to sprout. In this topic the financial roles are what's important , and it's worth examining some of the ideas and principles that make for an effective financial partnership in marriage .
SET JOINT GOAL ;
It's great if you've already discussed your financial goals prior to getting married. An open and friendly discussion of short - medium , and long term financial goals is healthy and necessary- otherwise, both partners may be marching to a different tune . If one spouse wants to save to retirement and pay off the home , and other spouse doesn't care about retirement and would rather spend the money on a vacation home , that's a problem . As a couple , you need to sit down and discuss your goals , and then find a way to compromise.
Should you protect your own credit in marriage ? ANSWES = YES . If something happens to one spouse , or there is a divorce , the second spouse will have trouble establishing credit .