Jul 07, 2020

Combining finances with your partner

By AYCO, a Goldman Sachs Company

When combining your life with your partner, getting on the same financial page is critical.

Begin by discussing your attitudes toward money and spending

Review your income and current expenses in order to create a monthly spending plan.

Next, divvy up responsibilities

Some different approaches to try:

  • Designating a “family CFO” to handle all financial matters
  • Dividing accounts and responsibilities 50/50
  • Agreeing on a split based on personal preferences

Consider your employer-sponsored benefits

You may want to think about:

  • Updating your benefits coverage through your employer
  • The impact any benefit changes may have on your take-home pay
  • Contributions to retirement and health savings vehicles


Tip: Getting married is a qualifying life event, which allows you to make changes to your benefits outside of annual enrollment.

Think beyond employer-sponsored benefits

You and your partner may want to discuss:

  • Creating joint accounts, keeping separate accounts or a combination of both
  • Insurance policies and consolidating coverage, if appropriate
  • Updating your tax withholdings and consulting with a tax professional, if necessary
  • Creating an estate plan, including updating your beneficiary designations


These discussions can help you create a shared vision for how you want to manage your family’s finances and find a balance between short- and long-term financial goals.

Want to learn more? Check out other articles from AYCO on financial planning and more.

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This material was prepared by The Ayco Company, L.P. an affiliate of United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC d/b/a Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management (“GS PFM”). This material was prepared for informational purposes only and should not be construed as personal financial planning, investment, tax, accounting, or legal advice. No investment decisions should be made using this data. GS PFM believes the material used for the article is accurate, but does not verify its accuracy independently and does not warrant or guarantee that is it accurate or complete. Information and opinions expressed in this article are as of the date of this material only and subject to change without notice. © 2020 The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company. All Rights Reserved.



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