We have been married for almost 10 years, and have a stable, happy relationship. Both of us were working and living independently before getting married, and we continued the arrangement after marriage. In other words, we do not have a joint account for household expenses. We (more or less) have a division of household expenses, and I can see from credit reports that we are current on everything. I do not have a problem with how my spouse spends money and afaik, the feeling is mutual. I do not have any access to my spouse's money and vice-versa.

Is there any compelling reason to have a joint account for household expenses? We are in the US, if that matters.

If our relationship turns terrible, I think I will be OK to divorce without any financial entanglements.

  • I really like Ben's link and answer. The wife and I do exactly as he says. Yes there are very compelling reasons to have only joint accounts.
    – Pete B.
    Feb 2, 2017 at 18:51


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