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Would You Take A Compatibility Quiz Before Getting Married?

A British family law firm has suggested couples should take a ‘compatibility quiz’ before getting married or moving in together

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The quiz focuses on important questions about children, finances, goals and family tie, with the aim of preventing relationship breakdowns further along the way.

“No one who is truly committed to a relationship will ever mind making the full and frank disclosure that is asked of them; if they do, you might like to ask yourself why,” said Ruth Bross, partner at Bross Bennett, who devised the quiz.

Here is a copy of the quiz:


Finance


Do you know the extent of each other’s assets? How do you both view the sharing of these assets? Do you have the same attitude to saving?



Will one of you want to put into a pension what the other wants to put into a new car?

Will you pool your resources or do you want to keep everything separate? Joint accounts or separate? Will you contribute in proportion to your incomes, or equally?



Are you going to have to pay off your partner’s debts perhaps from what you thought was going to be the deposit on your house?



Family Ties


What sort of relationship do you have with your extended family? Are they good at staying in touch? Are they local? Affectionate? Over-involved? Have you had any major fallings out?



Children


Do you want children? How many? How do you want to raise your children? What sort of values do you want to pass on? Do you have opposing views about the benefits of state versus private education — and should you be thinking now about buying in a catchment area for a good state school?



Religion


What are your religious views — do you agree on what religion you will bring up the children in? Church/mosque/synagogue? Once a week or once a year? Or no religion at all.



Leisure and fun


Do you like doing the same things in your spare time? Do you share common interests? Is your idea of a holiday lying flat on the beach for two weeks and your partner’s rock-climbing?



Lifestyle


What sort of lifestyle are you aiming for? Where do you want to live? Do either of you have a dream of downsizing at some point and living away from the city?



Spending


Do you have an expensive shoe or gadget habit? Does one of you think of a particular purchase as an essential that the other regards as a “discretionary spend”? Do you have any other secret addictions: handbags, chocolate, football? Do you gamble, online or otherwise?



Work


Are your respective career paths compatible, is either of you going to have to make compromises? Are you prepared to? Will you want to give up work when you have children? What does your partner think about this and can you manage financially? What about part-time working?



Roles – traditional or modern?


Will you expect to live along traditional lines: woman as homemaker and man as breadwinner? Who will organise the finances? Will household responsibilities be shared equally? Who will assume responsibility for paying bills?



Honesty


Are there any old flames for whom you still hold a candle?

What do you think? Would you take a quiz like this with your partner or should these issues be dealt with if and when they come up?