Engagement can be a busy time. It involves a lot of planning, and it’s not just the wedding; it’s also planning a financial life together. Do not underestimate the need for a joint financial plan. According to a recent study cited in The New York Times, of all common marital conflicts, financial disagreements were the strongest predictor of divorce among couples interviewed. The surest way to avoid such conflicts is to put a plan in place before the wedding. Use this article as a general marriage planning guide. For specific information on how to plan for your marriage in Iowa, consult the experienced specialists in our Des Moines office for professional prenuptial financial planning advice.