Jessica Grose has a fascinating series up on Slate about marriage and money — how couples manage their money, whether they share, and why they split or merge their bank accounts. Part One lays out the inspiration for the piece: She’s recently married, and she and her husband are figuring out whether to maintain separate bank accounts, pool their money or do some hybrid of the two. In Part Two (Parts Three and Four are coming soon), she looks at couples she calls “Common Potters” — people who have joint accounts and pool their money.
I’m not so much in the marriage market, but if I were, I can’t imagine pooling finances into a single account. That said, Jessica’s detailed look at couples who do pool their finances is giving me second thoughts.