Wedding season is in full swing, but as many happy couples prepare to head down the aisle, they might be forgetting one important thing: to plan their financial future.
"For richer or poorer" is not just a poetic vow. When you wed your partner, your finances become inextricably linked. His debt becomes your debt. Her student loans could become your student loans.
Nor will these financial issues exist in a bubble outside of the rest of your relationship. Most people don't know it, but money is actually the No. 1 factor in marital dissatisfaction. So, it doesn’t matter if you have the same love of hiking or she makes you laugh harder than anyone you ever met. At the end of the day, your financial issues will be your undoing—unless you take the steps to make sure they aren't.
I firmly believe that if you want to ensure a happy marriage, you have to make sure your finances are both in order. With that in mind, here are the six most crucial things you have to ask your spouse before tying the knot: