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Hey everyone, I see a lot of people in favor of the "close it outright" option, but of course I forgot to mention that in order to do so, we both have to go in and agree to close it. The only reason didn't do that ages ago is because I haven't come up with a way to convince her it's for the best, and since I DO plan to commit to her, I don't want to upset her.
By BlindInTheDark - / Wednesday 9 October 2013 18:02 / United States - Londonderry
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By  DocBastard  |  38

Opening a joint checking account with someone to whom you are not married is a bit stupid. Opening one with someone who doesn't understand basic banking is downright ludicrous.

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By  DocBastard  |  38

Opening a joint checking account with someone to whom you are not married is a bit stupid. Opening one with someone who doesn't understand basic banking is downright ludicrous.

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  GraceyBlueEyes  |  13

I have a joint account with my fiance and it works extremely well for us. Actually all out accounts are joint, we only need 3. Maybe it works so well because I somehow ended up in charge of the money for the most part.

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  erjazo  |  17

Sometimes, it's best to not open one under any circumstances. I've been married for 13 years and have never had a joint account with my husband. We split responsibility for the bills, and never have to borrow from each other - it works very well for us. OP may want to consider not jumping into a joint finance situation so quickly.

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Speaking as one whose credit has yet to recover from a financially irresponsible husband after 19 years of marriage, I would advise against getting joint accounts with anyone at any time. Sure, it works well for some, but you never know for sure until it goes bad. The number one thing that couples argue about is money. Any way that you can avoid those fights is a good thing. Once I get my credit completely repaired, you can bet I will NEVER intertwine my finances with anyone again.

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  shivafloof  |  5

I agree with the second part, but why is it stupid? Some people never get married. OP and his girlfriend might have been together 15 years, you just don't know. Just because they aren't married doesn't mean they're any less responsible or committed to each other than a couple who is.

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My partner and I only opened a joint bank account as we are from different countries, and it is a requirement for visas, residency application etc to have a joint account as 'proof' you are in a committed relationship. However, we each maintain our own bank accounts, and just use the joint one for shared bills (insurance mostly).

By  empbob  |  18

Leave it, just get a second account, put your money in that one without her name on it

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  monnanon  |  13

why have a joint account with anyone. you could get a divorce or break up.

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  monnanon  |  13

eaxctly having kids does not mean yoy need to have a joint account. i have a son and i am married but we just split thr bills so we are responsible for different ones. the money flows freely between us but dont see the need for a joint account. we have a joint isa but it isnt used really.

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  Wakachulak  |  22

Unmarried couples with kids split up less frequently than those without kids. So it's a tad less stupid to open a joint cheque account in that situation. A tad.

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  monnanon  |  13

anyone can split up at any time. there are no factors that make that leas likely apart from time and even then there are married couples who have been together for 50 years and then split. while i dont want a joint account personally part of a relationship is risk taking and trusting your partner. if it doesnt work out then thats just the way it goes sometimes.

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