Over a quarter of Scots put it as the top strain experienced by couples, at 29 per cent, with low libido or differing sex drives at 19 per cent, a breakdown in understanding and a lack of work life balanced tied at 18 per cent.
Service manager at Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway John Dougan said: “Our report highlights that, despite the promise of economic recovery, money worries are still placing a significant strain on our relationships.
“Research has shown that arguments about money tend to cause the most conflict in relationships and it’s something that comes up a lot in counselling sessions across Dumfries and Galloway.”
He added: “Talking about money with your partner can bring up some strong emotions, but there are ways of approaching it which will reduce the likelihood of a full blown row.”
Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway have drawn up advice for avoiding falling out over money.
They include talking to your partner about your attitudes towards money and what you think has influenced them.
And if one person is a spender and the other a saver, then it should be recognised that this may be a source of tension but it does not mean the relationship will fail.
Anyone entering a new relationship is advised to talk about money from the beginning, financial priorities should be discussed, think carefully about a joint bank account, put
together a plan for managing money
together, check in regularly with your partner over their finances, and remember that money is one of the things that couples argue about
A statement said: “A few disagreements are totally normal, but if you’re arguing more often than not, it’s worth seeking relationship support from an organisation such as Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway.”
For more information, call 01387 251 245 or visit www.relationships-scotlanddg.org.uk