Avoid Finance Fights

Lisa A. Tomaszewski, James Russo

Michael Sheehan

Physician's Money Digest, March31 2004, Volume 11, Issue 6

Personal finances are perhaps thegreatest source of disagreements within amarriage. However, there are a number ofproven ways to dissolve and avoid financialdisagreements with your significantother before they start. To begin, taketime out for a monthly money discussionwhen there is not a pressing financialproblem. Try to keep yourself and yourpartner involved in the finances, even ifone is better suited than the other to handlethem. Although busy physicians tendto rely on their spouses to handle the fiscaldetails, make an effort to divide financialtasks every month so that you bothare involved. Rotate the months witheach other as you pay the bills and theother balances the checkbook. These aresmall tasks that you can work on withyour spouse to avoid big problems later.