What does financial infidelity look like?
Like sexual infidelity, financial infidelity shows up in a whole range of behaviors. It can be anything from hiding purchases from your partner to setting up secret credit cards to draining the retirement account to support a gambling habit. Not every couple that commits financial infidelity sets out to betray each other. Sometimes the infidelity sneaks into a relationship without anyone really noticing. She fudges the truth when he asks her how much those new shoes cost. He tells her he’s paid a bill he didn’t pay. But these little secrets and lies can quickly turn into bigger-and more troubling-behavior. She spends money when he’s asked her to cut back. He starts moving money out of the kids’ college fund to pay the interest on bills he’s let slide.