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Irreconcilable Differences

The University of Washington has more than 35 years of marital research by Dr. John Gottman that determines with greater than a 90 percent accuracy rate what’s going to happen to a relationship over a three-year period.

In a national telephone survey, there were two issues that couples were most likely to report arguing about.  What would you guess those two areas are?

ANSWER: Money and Children

Examples of common differences might include:

Here is the important takeaway:  Differences are inevitable. It’s how you manage the differences that matters. Discuss potential differences in your relationship.

For example:  Money

1.  Discuss how money was managed in your family.

2.  How would you want money managed in your marriage?

3.  Discuss: “What does money mean to you?”

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