A woman is cautious about what to do with the inheritance she received from her mom, because of her husband’s history of financial irresponsibility and overspending. Here is what the woman had to say:
She Was About To Receive Her Inheritance
The woman said, “My mother passed away last year. And the entire inheritance process is about to come to an end in just a few weeks.”
Her Husband Was Already Planning How To Spend The Money
Over the past six months, the woman’s husband had been looking at buying things that he definitely couldn’t afford. The man didn’t have any substantial savings and he would have to either use credit or save up for weeks or months.
She Kept Him In The Dark
During this time, he had been constantly asking for updates on the legal proceedings and how much money she would receive. However, she had provided him with very limited information, as the situation could change due to potential creditors or unforeseen issues.
He Was Financially Irresponsible
Her husband wasn’t particularly responsible with money. The woman had been managing their finances full-time for the past three years, as he had a history of derailing their financial goals and overspending their budgets.
But She Had A Clear Plan
The woman’s plan for her inheritance was clear. She intended to use half of it to move their family into a house, save 40% to support her children’s future needs like education, trips, and first cars, and keep a small emergency fund.
Her Husband’s Recklessness Made Them Homeless
This plan wasn’t feasible before due to her husband consistently giving money to his side of the family. The woman explained, “He drained our accounts and led our family to homelessness three separate times. I understand that if it’s family, you have to try and help somehow. But letting your three children and wife become homeless because an adult family member couldn’t be responsible enough to pay their own bills or got into legal trouble is a hard thing for me to fully understand.”
He Was Only Thinking Of Himself
The woman was concerned that her husband might spend her inheritance behind her back. To avoid this, she wanted to open an account in her name and stick to her well-thought-out plan. However, her husband had other ideas. He wanted to use the money to buy a new car, tech gadgets, and a game system for himself without considering their children’s needs or their family’s long-term stability.
He Thought Life Was Too Short To Save
Whenever she discussed the importance of investing or saving, he dismissed the idea, claiming that life was too short for that. Her response was that their children’s future was the focus. Despite this, he argued that when their kids become adults, they should work for what they want.
Was The Woman In The Wrong?
She entered their marriage debt-free and worked hard to ensure her husband also became debt-free over time. Yet, over the past decade, he had paid off his parents’ credit card and IRS debts. His family lived paycheck to paycheck and dismissed the idea of saving money.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “Inheritance isn’t marital property. But you need to be straight up with him and tell him he isn’t going to have access to it. You’re going to have to have enough spine to put your foot down. If he doesn’t like it, let him leave because it doesn’t sound like he’s contributing anything.”
Another Person Commented
“How on earth are you even entertaining the idea of giving him any kind of access to a large amount of money? It looks to me like he has told you, many times, what he’s going to do with that money. He’s going to blow it. Just like he has been doing. He’s going to blow the money, your investment plans, and your kid’s futures.”
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