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After You're Married, Do You Join Your Money?

When you get married, it can feel so amazing to be in love and start your two-person family; but, it can also bring up a lot of questions, especially about money. In my parents' generation, it was just assumed that your finances would be combined, but things are a little different now. Since so many relationships are, unfortunately, ending in divorce, people want to have separate accounts (and sometimes sign a prenup) so they're protected — just in case. Another, more positive, reason that people aren't joining accounts is because women have a more equal role when it comes to salaries, so they aren't as reliant on their husbands income.

So what do you think? After you say "I do," do you feel comfortable pooling all your money together, with the idea that "What's mine is yours, and what's yours is mine?" Or do you think it's best to keep separate bank accounts?


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