Stress in Relationships

Surveys have repeatedly shown money is the primary source of stress in relationships, and it’s no wonder—most couples receive little to no guidance around important financial questions before they tie the knot. Even a few basic conversations can help prepare couples to talk about finances as a unit:

  • How does each spouse value money? How do they make financial decisions?
  • How do their short and long-term goals and strategies compare and integrate?
  • What are some of the known financial and legal considerations married couples face?

How can two people communicate when one or both partners feel uncomfortable or challenged?

Finding the Answers

Couples can find the answers to those questions and more with Marriage & Money: Planning For Forever AfterTM, an innovative new program. Most couples—even successful ones—limit their pre-wedding financial discussion to budgets and whether they should combine their checking and savings accounts. While these discussions are important, they are not enough to tackle the complexities of finances today. Marriage is about two people building a life together, and finances play a big role in shaping that future.

Some premarital counseling programs address the emotional and communication components of relationship conflicts over money, but not the money conversations themselves. The Marriage & Money course incorporates the missing financial piece to help couples make better financial decisions and alleviate some of the stress and tension associated with money conversations.

Marriage & Money Workshop — Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Ave.
Seattle, WA  98109
Wednesday, April 5th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$75 per person, $100 per couple
Dinner and refreshments included

Call (206) 556-4502 or email info@rainierviewadvisors.com

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Planning for Forever After™

More than just money

Marriage & Money goes well beyond traditional financial guidance — Givens has assembled a wealth of other experts, resources and takeaways for attendees, covering estate planning, taxes, risk management and more. Participants in the program will benefit from:

  • Assistance with understanding their current cash flow, and how it impacts budgeting
  • Advice on finding the right financial strategies for both day-to-day living and retirement planning — and how to best execute those strategies
  • A detailed overview of common issues faced by married couples, such as communication challenges
  • A questionnaire for each spouse to illustrate attitudes about money
  • A sample cash-flow analysis, balance sheet and financial plan
  • A list of resources, including financial planners, CPAs, estate-planning attorneys, etc.
Couple planning from the top.
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No Sales, Just Insight

This program is designed so couples learn about financial issues without sales pressure. Participants can utilize their new knowledge to begin addressing these issues on their own, or find a trusted professional to help on their journey.

The average age of engaged couples today is +30, as people are getting married later in life, and a growing number of people marry more than once. This means partners enter their relationships with more “stuff," like: Established Careers, 401(k)s, Real Estate, Insurance, Employee Benefits, Stock Options, Businesses, and—perhaps most importantly—an established money value system.

These aspects are typically beyond the themes addressed in marriage counseling. The Marriage and Money workshop was specifically developed as an extension of pre-marital counseling that some couples receive before marriage.

Our goal is to help couples simplify their life merger by breaking it into digestible pieces and helping couples build a roadmap for financial success—together.

Ready to learn more?

Not Just for Engaged Couples

Marriage and Money isn't only for engaged couples or newlyweds. The program is relevant and useful for:

  • Already-married couples
  • Expecting parents
  • People preparing for career or business transitions
  • Couples looking to retire soon
  • Individuals and families seeking assistance with family-care planning.

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About Us

Marriage and Money is a consortium of licensed, certified, and experienced professionals related to the education of couples regarding finances, communication, and the legal aspects of marriage. Program speakers may include, but are not limited to: financial planners, family mediators, family law attorney's, marriage therapist & counselors. Speakers do not share fees nor offer exclusive arrangements for program participants outside of the Marriage & Money: Planning For Forever program.

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Marriage and Money
506 2nd Avenue, Suite 1400,
Seattle, WA 98104

info@marriages-money.com