Most spouses share some pretty significant financial ties. From joint mortgages to joint checking accounts and more, the financial lives of each person can be tightly intertwined with the other.

When one person breaches the trust of the other in some matter regarding money, serious problems can occur. These problems may take years to recover from.

Types of financial infidelity

As explained by NPR, hiding money so that a spouse never learns about it may be one form of financial infidelity. This money may be from a bonus at work or other activities the spouse is unaware of. One person might also start taking some of the couple’s joint money and keeping it for himself or herself. The person may even start lying to cover up the missing money.

Another type of financial infidelity involves one person racking up debt without the other spouse’s knowledge. This might involve a credit card or personal loan taken out by one person but that could end up wrecking the financial lives of both.

Signs of financial infidelity

As with other forms of infidelity, The Simple Dollar indicates that changes in a person’s behavior may be indicative of financial infidelity. For example, one spouse may suddenly act very nervous every time the other partner mentions money. A new spending spree by a person who was previously quite cautious with spending may signal something worth investigating.

Reasons for financial infidelity

A person may hide financial information from a spouse for many reasons including an attempt to preserve money for himself or herself prior to filing for a divorce.