Due to our extensive work and mediation with individuals and couples going through divorce, we have learned a great deal about key considerations that new couples should understand to avoid the number one cause of divorce: issues surrounding money. Before a couple ties the knot, we can help facilitate conversations about money, including one’s money “history”, goals, fears, bill paying, debt management, savings, investment risk tolerance, and communication issues and/or conflicts about money. Most importantly, it’s critical to understand what money really means to each of them. For example, for some, money equates to security, while for others, it equates to lifestyle. In cases of late or second marriages, we can also offer strategies for carrying out the dual goals of maintaining one’s separate assets while simultaneously supporting one another financially.