Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Is your relationship recession proof?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:31 AM

It's hard out there, money is tight and companies are collapsing around us. Unless you are a bankers or an auto worker, you probably still have a hold, no matter how slippery it is, on your job.

But what about your partner?

Has he or she been laid off and now you two are a one income couple or family? Does it stress you out that you get up every morning to go to work and he or she gets on the Internet to find a job or worse still, sleeps in?

Your relationship can beat the recession, according to a CNN report, if you are willing to work at it with your partner.

If you're concerned about your financial future together, but you're not willing to end your relationship as a result, consider having a series of sit-down financial planning sessions with your partner in order to ensure you'll make it through the crisis he or she is experiencing and discuss future financial goals and methods to reaching a stable place.

The recession could highlight other problems that have been bubbling under the surface of your relationship as well.

It's hard to want to work something out with a person you were ready to kick out of your life three months ago, but since he or she is unemployed, you'd feel guilty putting them out on the street.

Though it makes you feel a little guilty, you're beginning to re-evaluate whether, going forward, his or her financial situation will be able to provide or assist you with living the kind of lifestyle you'd like -- or at least to which you've become accustomed.

Are you being cold and superficial or wise and practical?

If a relationship wasn't working when both of you had jobs, it's probably going to get worse and it doesn't make you a bad person to leave. A relationship is more than a paycheck and if there was an emotional disconnect before, this will just add to it. Truth of the matter is, both of you could benefit from a break up.

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