Divorce often happens for financial reasons. One example of this could be financial infidelity, where one spouse is spending money and not telling the other. Another example could be financial stress – perhaps caused by job loss – that means a couple doesn’t have enough money to make ends meet.
But there are also cases where people have different perspectives on wealth and income, and these perspectives may not be compatible. These couples may make it work for a time, but they eventually realize that they either need to compromise or get divorced. They may not be able to compromise on the fundamental ways that they view money, leading to the end of the marriage.
What if your spouse is spending too much?
For example, perhaps you’re in a position where you’re trying to save for retirement. You work hard and put away as much money as you can. Or, maybe you have other financial goals, such as saving for a house, saving for your children’s college education and much more.
But your spouse enjoys spending money. They don’t view it the same way as you do, where they want to save that money for the future. They would like to use it now. They take trips, go out to eat, buy things that aren’t necessities and the like. As a result, you end up feeling like they are spending far too much of the money that you’re working hard for, thus disrupting all of your future financial plans.
Getting a divorce
If you and your spouse have major differences that you can’t get around, it may be time to dissolve the marriage and move forward. This can get complicated, especially from a financial perspective, as you divide your assets. Make sure you’re well aware of your rights and all of the necessary legal steps you can take.