Couples Money Talks – All Relationship Stages
Relationships develop over time. At each stage, it’s important to start discussing personal finances with our romantic interest. The Couples Money Talk Guide includes tips and conversation starters for people at each stage of a relationship.
We use the Knapp Relationship Escalation Model, which defines each relationship milestone:
Initiation – First impression stage.
Experimentation – Probing to decide whether to deepen the relationship.
Intensifying – Continued experimentation and deepening of a relationship.
Integration – Deepening intimacy and sharing spaces (friends, interests, etc.).
Bonding – Public displays of commitment (ex: marriage).