Melissa Sadoff said, “Ideally a woman should not have a career unless it is necessary for the financial stability of the marriage.” While this is an unfair ideology, there is some truth in it. The financial status of a partner only matters in some instances.
Of course, it is important for a couple to be financially secure. They don’t want to have children while being in debt from a spur-of-the-moment motorcycle purchase. On the other hand, one does not need a significant other to be loaded to be financially secure.
You may want to consider the following when thinking about your boo’s income:
1) Kids – Do you want kids? If so, do you think your and your partner’s income combined is enough to support the amount of children you want?
2) Accidents – Medical emergencies. Automotive damage. Surprise pregnancies. It’s always useful to have a little more in the piggy bank in case of emergencies.
3) Your combined income. If your combined income is enough to live off of, you should be fine.
4) Age. If you and your sweetie have just graduated university, there is no need to take income seriously. There are, of course, other ways of estimating whether or not you will be financially secure. Things to consider are: her level of ambition, grades and what kind of job she has now. If she’s 32, though, income is definitely something to think about.
It is not necessary to make a partner’s low income a dealbreaker. It is possible to survive without a large income from one party. Besides, what truly matters is personality. If you’ve got a one-of-kind partner, it may take years to meet someone like that again.