Reading the article Serving Matrimonial Ties from The Star Online today, I am quite shocked to know that the Syariah court in Jalan Duta is handling an average of 210 divorce cases in a day which is about 30,000 to 50,000 cases in a year. That is quite a huge figure.
Towards the end of the article, it mentioned that the primary cause of the divorce cases in Malaysia is financial problems, followed by drug abuse, and mental and physical abuse. So, financial matter does really play an important role in today's marriage.
It is better to understand your partner's financial habits before tying the knots. And please do no hide your financial problems from your partner because you won't be able to hide it forever from your partner. It is best to have a proper discussion about financial matter before entering the marriage phase - among others: who pay what, spending habits, whether to have join finances, existing debts, to have or not to have children, and many more. Maybe it won't assure zero financial problems after marriage but I believe it does help to provide a guideline and some expectations when the couple got married. Once married, when financial problem, it is important for both partners to 'communicate properly' to reduce the financial strain.