Family Perspectives


Commitment, financial mutuality, and communication have all been linked to relationship satisfaction in couples. Financial mutuality, the symbolic joining of the financial lives of a couple, is an emerging concept that holds promise for understanding the world of couple finance. This article explores a possible model for how each of these variables may be functioning together, giving insight into how couples may achieve relationship satisfaction as they join their financial lives. Commitment and financial mutuality may influence each other in a positive cyclical pattern that leads to relationship satisfaction. Communication may increase or decrease the effect of this process.