I dont share money with my husband – its vital to keep finances separate

A woman insists she'll never share money with her husband as not having a joint bank account is "vital" to their happy marriage.

Shelly Horton says many find her financial situation weird as her decision has nothing to do with greed but independence.

She told Honey9: "I don't want to ask my husband if he would mind if I bought a certain dress or took my nephews to the movies.

"I know he would say yes – that's not the issue at all. The issue is I don't want to have to ask.

"I work really hard, therefore I know I'm entitled to my own money."

The couple, from Australia, keep all their cash separate and know exactly where they stand in terms of cash.

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Ahead of her second marriage, she sat down with Darren and lawyers to discuss their money.

They also had wills drawn up to work out who gets what when one of them dies.

However, she insists it's not as unromantic as it sounds, adding that it's simply "clear and clean".

The journalist spoke from experience after a messy divorce left her in a difficult place financially.

She didn't have any of her own accounts and everything was in both of their names which made things complicated.

Shelly added: "I think it's a good pattern to be in, because I know of a lot of people who are financially abused by their partner.

"If someone is in charge of the finances, they wield a lot of power.

"I would suggest every woman has her own bank account she can access at any time, because you never know when you'll need it."

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