10 Potentially 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?”