Why do couples fight over money? 

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Divorce |

Married couples may experience tension in several areas. How couples overcome these challenges will dictate the longevity of the union. 

It may come as a surprise but nearly 30% of divorces are initiated because of financial disagreements. What exactly do married couples fight about in terms of money?


Typically, married couples share details about their finances. If they don’t, this can create an issue in itself. Nonetheless, just because a couple does share doesn’t mean they are on the same page. 

For example, a couple may choose to invest in certain ventures to try and build up savings. There may be discussions about setting up a business together. The reality is that the economy can be changeable, and no investment is guaranteed to be successful. Disagreements over how to invest joint finances can be a significant source of marital disputes. 


The reality is that money is needed for almost any move a couple wants to make. For instance, if they wish to upgrade the family home or move to a bigger place. Or, perhaps there has been talk about starting a family. Maybe traveling has come up in discussions around the dinner table. 

It’s almost impossible for couples to do all of these things in quick succession, so financial commitments have to be prioritized. Not being on the same page about these priorities can land a marriage in a lot of trouble. 

If money issues are causing tension in your marriage, then it may be time to start looking into your legal options. If you can’t find a remedy and divorce looks likely, it’s important to protect your financial interests by seeking guidance.