What Happens When Money Secrets and Marriage Collide?

The Beatles may have told people all stock-footage-young-woman-gesturing-for-quiet-or-shushingthey need is love, but many couples who have experienced monetary conflicts in their marriage would disagree.

Surveys over the past decade consistently point to financial arguments as a leading cause of divorce. However, money habits lying beneath the surface of a relationship can create as much—if not more—financial friction.

According to a recent poll by CreditCards.com, the majority of women would terminate a relationship if they discovered their significant other was keeping secrets about their money habits—especially if those secrets had negative consequences for the family’s finances. In fact, the study found women see a partner’s inability to pay routine bills as off-putting as discovering they have a criminal record.

Click here to read why couples don’t always talk truthfully about their finances, and click here to watch a Google Hangout discussing the story.