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Financial Infidelity: Secrets That Destroy Couples

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The Lies That Unbind

Most American adults (65 percent) have at some point combined their finances with a spouse or partner, according to a recent study by the National Endowment for Financial Education.

Of those couples, one out of every three have lied about or kept secret some of their financial details, the study found. For nearly half of the couples, the deception caused an argument. Thirteen percent ended up separating their finances. But for others, the outcome was far less conciliatory. For 18 percent of the couples, the financial deception ultimately broke them apart.

Here, we take a look at the top financial deceptions among couples who have combined their finances — the financial infidelities that can destroy relationships.

By Constance Parten, Senior Producer
Posted 24 march, 2011

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