The list of questions below should have been discussed and agreed upon before you plan to take the plunge into marriage.
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Being able to communicate, compromise and agree on these important issues will avoid unexpected disappointments and disagreements later on.
- Who will be responsible for the care and maintenance of our home and garden?
- What proportion of our monthly income will we spend on home payments and maintenance?
- Can we both live with the other’s level of hygiene and organisation?
• How much do we earn together at the moment? What is the forecast for the next five and ten years?
• Who is responsible for bringing in the main salary? Will this change over the next few years?
• What is our financial goal? (Try to decide on an actual annual sum for which to strive)
• How do we plan on working together to achieve this goal?
• How much does each of us currently spend on food, clothing, accommodation, insurance, vehicles and so on?
• How will our annual or monthly expenditure on each of these items need to change once we are married? Is this realistic?
• What hours will each of us need to work?
• If these hours are unusual (very long or during the night, for example), is the other one happy with this arrangement?
• Is there any way that one of us could stay at home if the need or desire arose?
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• Are we each happy with the other’s level of ambition?
• Are we, as individuals, happy to give love in a physical, emotional and sexual way?
• Can my partner feel that I love him or her when we are having sex?
• Am I happy with how often we have sex?
• When I feel that we are having too much or too little sex, does my partner react in a way that satisfies me?
• How long is too long without sex? Do we both agree on this?
• Who will buy the groceries and, therefore, decide what we eat?
• Will we eat meals together? Which ones?
• Who will prepare meals and clean up afterwards?
• Are we happy with the eating, health and wellness habits of the other? (e.g. does he exercise enough? Is she smoking too much?)
• How much will my family feature in the marriage?
• How often will we visit our respective families? Will we do this together as a couple?
• Will relatives that live further afield be invited to come and stay with us? For how long?
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• Do we both feel the same about whether to have children and do we agree on how many we want?
• When will we start trying to have a family?
• What religion will our children be taught?
• What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with our own parents and the parents of each other?
• Will one of us stay at home when we start a family?
• Do we like one another’s friends enough not to interfere with their relationships?
• Will we want to become more involved in our community or circles of friends? Or do we need to cut back on social commitments to spend time with one another?
• Will we share the same religion? If not, are we completely happy with and respectful of the religious affiliation of our partner?
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