Money woes are an obvious marital stressor. Not only do many divorce risk factors correlate to poverty, but marital happiness dramatically decreases as couples don’t pay off their debts or take on new ones. And when one person is the big spender, according to one study, divorce can be 45% more likely. (Only extramarital affairs and substance abuse were stronger predictors!)
‘There can be a problem when one partner works or has a significantly bigger salary, and the other spends an exorbitant amount of money. Fighting over the credit-card account every month is a dumb fight to have. They’ve got to be on the same page and setting a budget is key.