If you’re married, or about to be, I have a question for you. Do you have money in your own name?
Even if you’re blissfully in love with each other, even if (s)he’s filthy rich or a financial genius, it’s critical to have your own economic identity–a bank account and credit card in your own name.
In part, it’s a matter of self-protection. If anything happens to your Prince(ss) Charming, you could be in big trouble.
Oh, the horror stories I’ve heard from women who couldn’t get credit or had all kinds of legal problems after losing a spouse through death or divorce because everything was listed under their spouse’s name.