Decide whose career may need to be given top priority

Life’s Financial Journeys

Heading Off to College
Getting Out on Your Own
Blending Two Lives
Having a Child
Emptying the Nest
Entering Retirement
Death of a Life Partner
Military Life

There can be many rewards when both partners have a fulfilling career.

From time to time, the career demands of one partner can conflict with the other partner’s career success. Most notable of these conflicts is when one partner must relocate. Learning how to handle these conflicts well can mean success in both careers.

The following resources may assist you in deciding whose career may need to be given top priority:

The New Prenup: Whose Job Comes First, Who Stays Home?

Common Conflicts of Two Income Families: Fighting, Working Mothers, and Careers

The Husband’s Job Comes First?

Careers and Marriage In Balance

Blending Two Lives Tasks

1. Creating a joint spending plan
2. Building shared credit access and usage
3. Managing dual careers
4. Protecting your income with life insurance
5. Estate planning

Managing dual careers Subtasks

1. Discuss the meaning of your career and how you think living together might change your current views
2. Decide whose career may need to be given top priority
3. Manage household tasks


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