Debt can be a stressful occurrence for anyone, but debt in marriage can be an entirely different matter. Money trouble is the number one reason for divorce in America and many people simply fail to address their financial problems until it is too late. However, money and debt can be better managed by following a few simple steps.
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First, don’t ignore your money problems. Many people put bills and debt out of their minds until it becomes a problem, by then it can be too late. Don’t wait until you receive a delinquency or collection notice to pay attention to your debts, but stay on top of your accounts monthly.
Next, make managing your money a cooperative effort. Sitting down to develop a budget together creates a sense of unity and mutual agreement about how money is to be spent, how accounts will be managed and leads to a greater sense of accountability between marriage partners.
Last, prepare for the unexpected. Saving money for an unforeseen financial hardship can prevent the need for bankruptcy or debt negotiation. Most financial hardships aren’t brought about by tangible experiences, but what those circumstances do when a person lacks emergency funds to stay afloat.