15 Things Every Couple Should Discuss BEFORE Getting Married

These might seem like no-brainers to some but the reality is that most people do not discuss issues that are important to them BEFORE getting married.  Here are 15 things that you should definitely discuss with your significant other to avoid major issues down the road.

1. Outstanding Debt

This is huge and most people are afraid to even discuss this issue but you need to make a plan for getting rid of it because your wife/husband will be accruing your debt.

2. Children

Do you want them? If so, how many?  If you don't want children how sure are you?  Sure enough to take permanent steps to ensure you don't have them (like a vasectomy)?   Are you open to adoption if fertility issues arise and are unable to conceive naturally?

3. Religion

How important is your faith to you? How important is it to your significant other?  It might not seem like an issue at first, but down the line when the honeymoon stage is over can you really deal with their beliefs or lack thereof?  If you decide to have children this will only be a much larger issue when you are trying to decide what religion, if any, do you want to raise them in?

4. Bank Accounts and Bill Sharing

Will you share a bank account?  Keep individual accounts? Both?  Will you both just put a certain percentage of your income towards a joint account?  If one person decides to stay home and raise the kids what are your plans for affording this?

5. Division of Household Labor

The dishes, laundry, you get the idea.  If you both work who's job is it to take care of all the household chores or do you share them equally?  Most men think it's a woman's job to do all of the household chores, but the bottom line is no one wants to be someone's maid.  If there is a chore you absolutely HATE doing maybe negotiate doing something else. Compromise is the key to a happy marriage.

6. Family Obligations

Do you spend a lot of time with your family?  How much time do you expect to spend with them once you are married and moreover, how much time do you want to spend with your spouses family?  How will you spend your holidays and what is your plan for giving both sets of families equal time with you ad your children during the holidays?

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