Before the Big Day: 5 Things You Need To Discuss Before Getting Married

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Marriage is a huge commitment to make. In fact, it is the biggest commitment you can make in a relationship. When the divorce rate in America is over 50%, it's important to take the necessary steps to make your marriage last. There are certain things you should discuss with your partner before getting married, to make sure you are both on the same page and avoid any issues down the road. The following are five things you should talk to your partner about before getting married:

1. If You Want Children

Before getting married you should know whether or not your partner wants to have children. Having children may be a deal breaker for someone who never envisioned themselves as a parent. On the flip side, someone who has always wanted kids may not want to marry someone who is adamantly against having them. If you both want kids, you should also discuss how many kids you want. One partner might want only one child while the other wants a big family.

2. Where You Want To Live

It's important to discuss where each of you want to live before getting married. You may want to move away and live in a whole new place while your partner may want to stay close to their family. Maybe you both want to move somewhere new, but can't agree on where it will be. This type of thing should be settled before you make the big commitment.

3. How Finances Will Be Handled

Financial issues are one of the leading causes of divorce. Before getting married, you should talk to your partner about how your finances are going to be handled. Is one partner going to keep track of the bills? Are you going to have a joint bank account or keep your own separate ones? How are you going to divide the cost of things and the cost of bills? These things should already be taken care of before you get married.

4. Career Choices

Your career is an important part of your life, no doubt. This may change once you get married, though. Moving to a new place could change your career choices, so this will need to be figured out beforehand. Your partner may want you to be a homemaker while they earn the money to take care of things. This should be discussed in advance in case the two of you have different ideas.

5. Overall Outlook

Before getting married, you and your partner need to discuss your overall outlook on the future. This includes just general things. Do you want to travel a lot? Do you want to spend time with friends and extended family? What is your overall outlook of what you want your married life to be like? Talking about this before getting married will give you better insight into what your marriage will be like.

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