After the wedding and once the honeymoon ends, life returns to normal. Except, it doesn’t because marriage changes everything. Now, you are legally connected to a person. Your finances are shared, and that means their problems are your problems. I believe the traditional marriage vows still include the words ‘for richer or poorer’ as well as ‘in sickness and health.’
That should tell you everything you need to know about marriage. It’s something those approaching the day they stand at the altar should consider. Under what circumstances would you no longer want to be with your partner? Once you return home from your honeymoon, it’s time to start thinking about how marriage changes things. There are good and bad aspects of the marriage partnership.
What’s Mine Is Yours
After you’re married, you traditionally will share your finances. You might have already started doing this. It’s important to remember to take your partner into consideration before you buy anything. It’s things like this that can cause a marriage to fall apart and it’s silly really. All you need to do is make sure you understand that your financial situation is now shared completely. You may still want to have separate accounts as well as joint accounts. Some married couples do decide on this. Others want everything shared down to the last dollar.
Till Death Do Us Part
It’s weird to think about what happens to your partner if you die, but it is something that you need to consider. Without a will, your money may not pass to your partner. Instead, it often falls into the hands of the government. They will then decide how much money your partner should receive. Marriage does not automatically guarantee that money is passed on. If you already have a will you need to understand how marriage and divorce effect your will? You might be surprised.
One of the best things about getting married is that your income is essentially double. At least, it is when you think about buying things that you both want. In particular, property. When you get married, it makes buying a home a lot easier. It doesn’t take as long to save, and you can easily get a decent sized house with a mortgage that is affordable. You just need to make sure that you are saving for a home as soon as you find the one you want to marry. The earlier that you’re on the property market, the better. Particularly, if you’re planning on having kids in the near future.
Needs, Wants And Requirements
Finally, you should think about what you need to provide for your partner and what they want from you. This might be financial support, or it may be emotional support. Either way, you need to make sure you are fulfilling your marriage vows. If you don’t, it could lead to problems in the future. Even if you’ve been living together before, marriage can take a while to get used to. Once you get through your first serious argument, the road ahead will be easier.