Money advice for a lasting marriage

7 smart financial vows

You've found The One, but before you exchange vows, you need to share credit card bills, bank statements and retirement savings plans.

"Couples need to be in alignment about their financial values and have a clear agreement about their priorities and goals," says Deborah Price, money coach and author of The Heart of Money: A Couple’s Guide to Creating True Financial Intimacy.

In fact, talking about money now — and settling on a plan to achieve financial security together — just might save your marriage later.

A Kansas State University study found arguments about money are "the top predictor of divorce," regardless of income, debt and net worth.

"When we have conversations about money, we develop a much closer bond and much stronger feelings of safety and intimacy," Price says.

Before you walk the aisle, make these 7 financial vows. Consider it a good start to your new life together.

By Jodi Helmer
Interest.com Contributing Editor