Money is one of the top reasons people divorce, and even before marriage it can prove a complicated area to navigate for couples who live together. Even couples from similar financial backgrounds are likely to have a little bit of income disparity, so it's crucial to reach a mutual agreement about how you approach shared costs before tensions mount.
While some couples go dutch all the way, others scale things based on who makes more money, and who has more individual costs. If one partner makes a lot more money, it's not uncommon for them to pitch in more for rent or nights out. But similarly, if one partner has a lot of debt or personal costs, it's often expected they'll cover that from their own income.
Of course, every relationship and set of circumstances are unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to finances in a relationship. The most important factor is that both partners communicate and come to a comfortable mutual agreement, because if you don't have that - there's trouble in paradise.
Speaking of trouble in paradise, in a recent post on the Am I The A*shole subreddit, a woman shared how her relationship has become tense since she inherited a windfall of $4 million dollars.
AITA for telling my boyfriend he isn’t entitled to my inheritance?
In the post, OP shared that her recently deceased grandpa left her a surprising $4 million, an amount she never could have imagined.