We all know communication is key to a healthy relationship—but a more important factor may be sharing a vision for how money should be managed. Research published in July 2013 in Marriage and Family Review found that mutual financial goals and values predicted relationship satisfaction more strongly than did the communication tactics the couples used during conflict. The roles of each partner in handling finances also mattered less than their satisfaction with those roles. Instead of arbitrarily assigning duties, then, it may be best to divide them based on each partner's enjoyment of the tasks.
This article was originally published with the title "Long-Term Finances" in SA Mind 25, 1, 11 (January 2014)