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Allowances for partners - Life & Other Catastrophes

Jean Hailes in the media 16 May 2017
Wallet with money

Do you have a separate account to your partner? Or do you receive an allowance from – or give an allowance to – your partner? How do you manage your finances as a couple?

In some relationships, one partner receives an allowance, and the other has full control over household finances. As listeners call in and share, it can be a healthy, mutually beneficial arrangement, when one partner would rather leave financial responsibility to their partner. However, in other circumstances we hear it can be a form of 'economic abuse', raising questions of trust and control in the relationship.

On this week's Life & Other Catastrophes discussion, callers share their lived experiences with ABC Melbourne host Raf Epstein and Dr Jane Fisher, the Jean Hailes Professor at Monash University.

Life & Other Catastrophes airs on Mondays at 3.30pm, on ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive. Listen to previous episodes.