Property and money: 20 tips any married woman must read (part 1).

by Chris Lang on October 26, 2009

Failing MarriageI have recently met a very nice lady, Rachel. Unfortunately bad things tend to happen (especially) to the nice people and Rachel had a bad experience relating to her marriage, finances and property. As a result she wised up to a lot of issues and learned about the right way to handle finances and property in a marriage.

Here are Rachel’s best tips for married women – and I say, whatever state your marriage is in, these are very important matters to think about. Many women effectively pass the reins of their life and property ownership in the hands of someone else, which leaves them vulnerable and exposed to financial difficulties in case something goes wrong.

The first part – Life Tips in a Marriage – will open your eyes to things that need to be done to keep you safe, whatever happens. The second part – Life Tips in a Failing Marriage – will help you go through the tough times, if and when they come.

Life Tips in a Marriage

1. ALWAYS ensure the marital home is in joint names. If hubby is against this, ask why, but do not take no for an answer.

2. ALWAYS be involved in your joint financial affairs. Know exactly what bills, loans and mortgages you both have and keep an eye on joint credit card debt. Hubby’s debt becomes yours and vice versa.

3. NEVER agree to allow the drawing down of extra mortgage payments without both signatures, and never let this be accessed via internet banking.

4. Try to keep a finger in the employment pie, no matter how small it is. Try working from home when the babies are little.

5. NEVER let anyone access your superannuation fund, even if it is ‘just to look’. Keep it password protected.

6. Build a small nest egg for a rainy day that can only be accessed by you. Be open and honest about it. Call it what you want, but it’s your insurance policy. If you don’t have an income and you are a full time Mum, this nest egg is an absolute necessity.

7. Always be involved in compiling taxation returns, yours and your partners, ESPECIALLY if he is self employed. Never let yourself be used as a Partner or Director in hubby’s own business unless you really are drawing a salary of your own and have your own bank account to put it in.

8. If you have a car, make sure it is registered in your name.

To be continued – coming up next Life Tips in a Failing Marriage, stay tuned.

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Andrew October 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Hi Chris – interesting read (as always with your blog), but can I suggest that these tips are of equal importance to anyone in a marriage/de facto relationship, regardless of gender? I have a good (male) friend who was cleaned out by his not-so-faithful wife following their divorce.



Chris October 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

You’re right Andrew – when marriage’s in trouble anyone regardless of the gender can suffer. Hopefully men will get curious and read these tips anyway 🙂


TechChunks Technology Review November 19, 2009 at 12:46 am

Hi Chris, excellent post. This is hopefully going to help my fiance when we get married next month 😉


mike December 15, 2009 at 4:02 am

I ahve never been to Australia…are there any jobs in Perth or Sydney for a middle aged corporate guy?


Chris December 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Check out and you’ll find thousands 🙂


Jellienne February 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

I always believe that husband and wife should work in hand to raise a family. A friend of mine works at home and she has her own small business while her husband is an accountant. They have a 2year old son.


Gary July 5, 2012 at 6:44 am

I definately agree with point number 2 – my wife and I do a monthly budget on a spreadsheet and then pay the “household money” into a joint account. Its so much easier and we both know where we stand.


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