Monica Mazzei comments on “3 Essential Money Conversations You Should Have Before Getting Married” for the Business Insider

February 2014

Newly engaged couples spend a lot of time dreaming about the future — how many kids they’ll have, what kind of house they’ll live in, the exotic places they’ll explore together. What they don’t spend much time talking about is how they’ll pay for it all.

But according to several studies, not talking about finances before saying “I do” is the single biggest mistake a couple can make.

“Money is the number one source of tension in relationships,” says Monica Mazzei, a family law attorney at Sideman & Bancroft.