It’s not too late to talk to partner about finances



October 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Dear Carolyn: I’m a middle-aged woman living with my partner for the past seven years. He moved to my city and built a new business from scratch. In the beginning, I paid the bills while he got established.

Now time has passed and I’m wondering why he doesn’t contribute to the utility bills or the mortgage. Should he? What is fair? And how do I bring it up after all this time?

We’ve always kept our finances separate. I make a comfortable salary, have a lot of equity in my home and a 401k. He has a fluctuating, smaller income and no real savings for retirement or otherwise. I’m starting to think about retirement goals and how to reach them and feel the need to get everything out on the table. But I don’t know how to start the conversation.

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