When it comes to dating and relationships, many people live by the rule, “Less history, more mystery.” That may be sound advice when it comes to sharing the sordid details of a past relationship with a new partner, but the same cannot be said of sharing your financial history.

Unfortunately, many people avoid talking about money before they get married, perhaps because they’re shy or think it unromantic. But failing to ask a few important questions of your future spouse can lead to serious problems later on. This is one area where what you don’t know CAN hurt you. With that in mind, here are five money questions you should ask before getting married.

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