Some Ohio couples may be among those in the trend of later marriage, with the average age of marriage being 28 for men and 26 for women. At this age, most individuals have cars, apartments or houses, credit cards, stocks and even debt. Joining these assets and finances with another person can become complex, and while no one goes into a marriage expecting a divorce, taking time to manage one's finances wisely upon getting married may make that potential future high asset divorce simpler to wade through.

To keep finance-related fights to a minimum, either in a marriage or when going through a divorce, it is suggested that certain assets are kept separate while others are combined at marriage. Houses, checking accounts, credit cards, and certain investments like stocks may function best when kept together, as household funds often benefit both individuals. Other things, such as debt, personal retirement funds and investments made prior to marriage and personal checking accounts may benefit from being kept separate. This may make it easier to distinguish what each spouse takes away from a marriage in the event of a divorce.

Research by Utah State University suggests that frequently fighting over finances can be an indicator of future divorce. Even when compared to other marital fights, such as household chores and in-laws, finances come out on top. Considering how to most efficiently combine and separate finances upon a marriage may prevent a few of these fights, but some couples may not be meant to be.

For these sorts of Ohio couples, no matter what the fights are about, divorce may be the answer. High asset divorce, with all its potential complexities, can add more fuel to the disagreements and bad feelings that are already present in a split. For this reason, smart financial planning may work to alleviate some of the stress.

Source: CBS Boston, "When It Comes To Love, Marriage, And Divorce... Money Matters," Dee Lee, June 5, 2012