Many Ohio couples argue about money, especially in a difficult economic time such as the one we are currently in. In most marriages, these may be short-lived arguments over trivial matters. But for some, money troubles and a lack of agreement on what to do about your financial situation can lead to a bitter divorce.

So what can couples do to ensure that money does not end their marriage? According to an article in The Huffington Post, the best thing that spouses can do to avoid a divorce is keep an open line of communication about their finances. Talk about money early, and talk about it often.

First, discuss your financial goals for both the short term and the long term. If your goals differ, compromise in a way that makes both of you happy. Then, set a budget that is both realistic for what you can maintain on a monthly basis and which will help you achieve your short- and long-term financial goals.

Second, discuss your financial habits. Are you a spender or a saver? Do you make impulse buys or do you contemplate purchases for a long time before making them? If you and your spouse have different money styles, it is important to communicate them. You may also want to think about opening separate bank accounts so each of you can feel free to spend or save as you see fit.

Third, repeat both of the first two steps on a fairly regular basis throughout your marriage. It is important to continue to communicate about money before it causes marital difficulty, separation or divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "Are You a Victim of Financial Infidelity?" Suzanne de Baca, Jan. 20, 2012