How important is financial security in a marriage?

This is a topic very close to my heart for reasons more than one. Before I got married, I had always thought of money as a mere necessity of life. I do not deny the need of money in fulfilling every day-to-day necessity but at the same time if one aims to base every relationship we get into (the ones we are not born with) in terms of our financial prospects, it is something I strongly stand against.

Before I share with you how my life changed from being a not-much-interested-in-money person to a person thinking about it 24*7*365, I’d like to hear your views on :

How important is financial security in a marriage?

Isn’t love enough for the success of any relationship (including marriage)?

Is it wrong to marry to attain financial security? If yes, is it wise to end the relationship if financial insecurity prevails?

What do you think?

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5 thoughts on “How important is financial security in a marriage?

  1. 1. How important is financial security in a marriage?
    Very and more so for the woman. Experts say a woman should always have her own house…just in case she has to walk out of a marriage…

    2. Isn’t love enough for the success of any relationship (including marriage)?
    Love is paramount. Money makes life smoother.

    3. Is it wrong to marry to attain financial security? If yes, is it wise to end the relationship is financial security prevails?
    I think one should marry only on the basis of love. Of course, we should be wise enough to fall in love with the people we can see a future with–and that entails emotional and financial stability.

  2. i do think financial security is a must , todays world has changed a lot .. LOVE well thats a big word but it has lost its meaning .. what is love does anyone know..

    One needs to be earning and standing on their own feet for sure .. before they get into a relation thats what i think .. yeah i am being a critic and an idiot but life’s experience teaches a lot of things .. and Love definitely is a word that is used too much ..

  3. Hi,

    I am a first time commenter here. For me, financial security is very important and I am glad I have always kept my finances separate from my husband’s especially given my marriage is going steadily downhill!

    NN

  4. I think there are two related but separate issues here.

    One can talk about the financial security of the MARRIAGE – whether or not the pooled resources of the protagonists are sufficient to sustain a lifestyle they’re comfortable with, and tide over any emergencies.

    One can also talk about the financial security of the PROTAGONISTS in the marriage – whether or not their individual financial resources are enough to generate a livable lifestyle for them, and to allow them to leave if they so wish.

    How important either of those is depends on the type of marriage one is looking at.

    In a conventional single-income marriage with split gender roles, individual financial security is pretty meaningless since one partner isn’t earning at all. What’s important is that the earning member’s income be enough for the family to live well.
    In more equitable, dual-income marriages, the second factor often becomes much more important and the first one becomes a kind of function of the second.

    The thing is that there are really no one-size-fits-all solutions here. Every relationship tends to evolve its own power sharing dynamic as well as its own financial dynamics.

    I’d personally say that it is extremely important to be financially secure BEFORE entering a marriage. Unless you are happy being a doormat, it is in general a VERY bad idea to marry someone for their money, just as it is a bad idea to rush into marriage before taking the time to complete your education, get employed, and settle down in your career a bit. If you rely on someone else for every little penny, you really are inviting abuse.

    This is one reason I get so riled up when women tell me that they’re not “career-minded” and just want a good marriage. It doesn’t work that way. You HAVE to be a bit career minded if you want some kind of safety net in life.

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