Money Woes Wreak Havoc on Marriage

June 29, 2011  |  

(Daily Finance) — When my ex-husband lost his job, I thought I was being kind by telling him not to worry about it. Apparently, this translated in his mind as “Your job never really mattered anyway” — not my intention, nor my best move. And, that was before the economy tanked. Apparently,couples arguing about money is on the rise. In an American Express (AXP) study, 61% of consumers admitted to argumentative discussions about household budgets — up 17% year over year.  Few things affect the household dynamic and tenor of financial discussions more than losing your job. And, if you’re not married, apparently you should leave the word “jobless” off your online dating profile. Jobs matter in relationships, and the lack of one can even preclude them, as highlighted by a new survey this month indicatingthree out of four women wouldn’t marry someone unemployed. Marriage is an economic union, and the deal terms just don’t look favorable when one partner’s cash flow goes to zero.

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