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Brianna McGurran

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January 2, 2018

How can couples deal with income differences?


Q: I earn a lot more money than my partner. How can we split expenses fairly and prevent resentment in our relationship?

A: First, know that you have plenty of company. Income gaps between partners are more common than parity. Only a quarter of husbands and wives had annual earnings no more than $4,999 apart in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 9 percent of couples, the wife's income was at least $30,000 greater than her husband's; in 35 percent, the husband's income was $30,000 or more above the wife's.

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