In a recent study, researchers found that materialism was harmful to marriage. Authors of the study said being “materialistic” could lead some people to spend more than they can afford, creating debt and financial stress. The study had couples complete a questionnaire that included a self report on how much he or she values “having money and lots of things.” The study said that couples which both reported not caring about money (about 14%) scored 10 -15% higher on marriage stability.
There may be truth in this study.. many of my clients say the main reason for their decision to separate is based not on how much or how little money they have but differing attitudes about money and what money means to them.
When considering separation, do you think about what money means to you?