Couples get into spats all the time. It is completely normal. If you don’t fight in a relationship there may be something wrong. But there is one thing that couples seem to fight about far more than anything else. It is said to be the root of all evil because it leads to stress, arguments, and even possibly divorce.
Money. We all hate it and love it at the same time. When we have it, we love it. When we have none, we despise it. Having a lot bank account balance can be a major sore spot for many couples. This is especially true when they are dealing with joint bank accounts. A Harris Interactive poll was conducted on 1,000 adults. They were asked about how many fights they would say they had per month on average when it came to dealing with different issues. Number one on the list was finances which caused an average of three fights per month. This topped the list over friends, family, children, and work.
Half of the participants of the study stated that expenses that were unexpected were the main reasons for most of their arguments. These can range from a shopping spree that the other partner doesn’t know about to constant car repair bills. Another 32% stated that insufficient funds in the bank account was the main source of their arguments. The National Marriage Project conducted a study as well and found that money fights that occurred at least once per week were 30% more likely to lead to a divorce.
These fights are not necessarily caused by the finances themselves however. Over 55% of people in a study said that they didn’t bother to set aside time to discuss their finances at all. 10% said they lied regularly about their money. Keep an open line of communication when it comes to finances and you will be able to better manage any arguments that come your way.