How a strong marriage or stressful divorce affect your finances

"The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the 'love account'." (quote by Zig Ziglar)

On May 18, 2011 we posted a story about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver filing for divorce. The story recounts the reason that led to the divorce, but it also talked about the powerful affect both marriage and divorce can have on your finances:

"Marriage and divorce are two very important topics when it comes to your economic stability. Of course you marry for love, but marriage is also an economic union. Where there was one person in one household, there is now two. Where there was one income and set of resources coming into a household there is now two. Two people contributing to building the economic security of the home most often brings compounded results. 1 + 1 = 3 or more. Both individuals and the family benefit from a higher standard of living when all members of the new family contribute to the benefit of all."

Building a strong marriage doesn't have to be difficult.
Like the quote from Zig Ziglar suggests, it only takes regular, small deposits of thoughtfulness. When your marriage is strong and supportive you will find that your finances are stronger because you able to focus on making good decisions rather than being distracted by marital strife.

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