In old times, marriage was rarely a matter of love, at least in influential and rich families. In the old days, marriages were organized between powerful lords and landowners to grow their territories and wealth. You didn’t exactly marry into money, but you certainly married for it. Then, during the late 18th and through the 19th century, the apparition of a new social class, the gentry, the new rich families who have made their fortune through the Industrial Revolution, came to the rescue of the decadent aristocracy that was struggling to make ends meet. That’s during this period that the saying “marrying into money” gain the meaning it still holds now. But none of this answers the most crucial question some brides and grooms all over the world are asking, namely: Can you still marry into money? As surprising as it sounds, the answer is yes. But things are not as easy as you might think!
Yes, but at which cost?
When it comes to spending the rest of your life with someone you love and cherish, the content of their bank account shouldn’t be a criterium of choice. But even if it is, you need to ask yourself how much you value your well being. Indeed, while marrying into money means that you can enjoy a more materialistically satisfying lifestyle, it does not give you any guarantee about self-fulfillment, happiness, achievement and being loved. What’s the point of being rich if you can’t fulfill your most human needs? Additionally, wouldn’t you feel insecure about your relationship, knowing that your spouse’s number One priority is maintaining and improving wealth? Ultimately, money doesn’t make you happy as it can create a gap between families and spouses.
What if the marriage doesn’t last?
You might have considered the possibility of a divorce. However, a rich spouse is likely to have considered a prenuptial agreement as a mean of financial protection. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for married couples to ensure that the financial assets accumulated before the marriage will not be a matter of contest in a divorce case. However, you will still need the support of an experienced lawyer, such as Alecia Reading Law, to establish fair financial maintenance payments after a divorce. Be careful though; judges are quick to identify money-diggers… and they don’t have a lot of patience nor generosity with them.
What if one of you married into debts?
There’s another case where you might have thought you were marrying into money but ended up in debts, and it’s when your partner is an enthusiastic investor loves to take risks. From big wins to devastating losses, often through new strategies such as Bitcoin investment, you wealthy honeymoon castle can transform into a debt-crippled home. Unfortunately, most creditors consider that the debts of one spouse can affect the other one if they use a shared account or credit card. In short, if you don’t want to be left without a dollar, you need to keep your finances separated, even when marrying into money!
Some say the “I do” day was the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Mixing money and feelings makes for a bitter combination, so it’s important that you consider the risk of a money-making marriage.