Hi I’m April Davis with LUMA Luxury Matchmaking and today we’re going to be discussing one of the most important issues in many relationships - MONEY

Money is one of the most cited reasons for divorce. Making sure you're compatible when it comes to finances should be a critical part of the process of dating someone. It doesn't make sense to move forward with a partner that has different values and goals, and a good way to evaluate those values and goals is to look at how they spend money.

They say that if you want to know where someone's heart is, look at where they spend their money. Maybe your partner values quality time together and spends their money going out to dinner and other events with you more easily than putting it in a savings account for a big trip down the road. Figure out if you are able to align your goals, and regularly discuss what the big goals are, and how to get there with your combined finances.

I also recommend that couples plan regular, scheduled monthly check-ins. Make a list of all the things that are important to you both and go through it at least once a month to ensure everything is in check and being addressed. Some things will be fine one month, and then the next may need a little more attention. It’s just a good way to check in on things and really address everything as a partnership, including where you are at with your financial goals and how you're spending your resources.

Do you have any other ideas or suggestions for couples dealing with the money issue?  If so, leave them in the comments below. See you next time!