Study: Money is top source of contention in marriage

Continuing the series on what you learn in premarital education, this month’s column focuses on finances.

Research conducted with divorcing couples in Johnson County confirms what many of us know instinctively — the No. 1 cause of disagreements in marriage is money.

And it doesn’t matter how “poor” or “rich” you are. One third of the participants in the survey of people in the Families in Transition program at Youth Connections had a family income of more than $90,000, and approximately one-third had a family income of less than $45,000.

Couples who don’t talk about how they view and handle money before their marriage rarely understand where their values came from.

Attitudes about money are emotional, which often causes frustration, confusion, conflict and an unending cycle of disagreements.


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