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Can a Financial Advisor Facilitate a Happy Marriage?

By Angela Dorsey

Love, commitment, and shared dreams are the cornerstones of a happy marriage. But what about financial harmony? Money is a topic that often leads to heated disagreements and stress in relationships. In fact, financial conflicts are a leading cause of marital discord. This raises an important question: Can a financial advisor play a role in fostering a happier and healthier marriage? In this article, we explore how recruiting the support and guidance of a financial advisor can contribute to marital bliss by promoting financial compatibility, open communication, and shared financial goals.

The Impact of Financial Stress on Marriage

Before diving into the role of a financial advisor, let’s first understand the significance of financial stress in marriages. Money-related disputes can range from minor disagreements about spending habits to major conflicts involving debt, savings, and long-term financial goals. The stress stemming from these issues can erode trust, communication, and overall marital satisfaction. A study by Ramsey Solutions found that money problems are the second leading cause of divorce, highlighting the profound impact of financial stress on relationships.

The Role of a Financial Advisor

This is where a financial advisor can step in to support the health and connection of a marriage. The benefit of this third-party position is that an experienced professional can act as a bridge between financial goals and marital harmony. Advisors bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to the table, helping couples navigate the complexities of finance. Their role extends beyond mere number-crunching because they can foster open communication, mediate conflicts, and make sure both partners are on the same page financially. By guiding the couple in the creation of shared financial goals and strategies, a financial advisor can empower both spouses to make informed financial decisions that align with their shared dreams and aspirations. Let’s break down some of the specific ways an advisor can be that connecting bridge.

Financial Compatibility Assessment

One role of a financial advisor is to assess the financial compatibility of a couple. This involves a thoughtful analysis of each partner’s financial situation, including income, debts, assets, and spending habits. By gaining a holistic view of the couple’s finances, an advisor can identify potential areas of conflict and begin the work toward amicable resolutions.

Facilitating Open Communication

Effective communication is vital in any marriage, especially when it comes to money matters. A financial advisor can often serve as a neutral third party, creating a safe space for couples to openly discuss their financial concerns, goals, and expectations. This dialogue can lead to a greater understanding of one another’s wishes while coming to compromises through differences that arise.

Creating Shared Financial Goals

Having a financial advisor on your team can help couples establish common financial objectives that align with their shared life vision. Whether it’s saving for a home, planning for children’s education, or preparing for retirement, setting joint financial goals in the company of an advisor encourages collaboration and unity in financial decision-making.

Budgeting and Financial Planning

Developing a comprehensive budget and long-term financial plan is a key service offered by advisors and wealth managers. These tools provide couples with a structured framework for managing their finances, tracking expenses, and working toward their financial goals together. A well-crafted budget and financial plan serve as road maps to financial success, helping couples allocate resources efficiently while prioritizing what matters most to their relationship. 

Conflict Resolution

When the inevitable financial conflicts arise between two people, an advisor can step in as a mediator, helping couples find solutions that satisfy both parties. Their experience in financial matters can guide couples toward compromises that promote financial stability while preserving harmony in the relationship.

A Partner to Bridge the Gap

While a financial advisor cannot guarantee a happy marriage, their wisdom and guidance can certainly play a critical role in reducing stress and promoting a stronger connection within a relationship. 

At Dorsey Wealth Management, we help our clients assess their financial compatibility while establishing shared goals to contribute to a healthier, happier marriage where both partners are on the same page. Though we ultimately believe it’s the combination of love, commitment, and financial unity that paves the way for a truly blissful marriage, we also know the value of a neutral, experienced third party to support them through any financial conflict. If you are a client or a couple ready to receive this kind of support, we invite you to reach us at (310) 370-7776 or angela@dorseywealth.com to schedule a free introductory 30-minute phone call.

About Angela

Angela Dorsey is the founder and financial advisor at Dorsey Wealth Management, a fee-only financial planning firm based in Torrance, California, helping women prepare for retirement. Angela earned a BS in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and spent 20 years as a Senior Compensation Specialist in large corporations before becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). That background gave her the tools to couple with her passion for empowering women to make the best financial decisions possible. Angela lives in Torrance, California, with her husband. She enjoys spending time at the beach or surrounded by nature. To learn more about Angela, connect with her on LinkedIn.