Man Refuses to Share $50K Inheritance with Girlfriend

Gillian Sisley

Should a person always share their financial wealth with their partner?

Money can be a contentious issue among romantic partners. For some, it can even cause big fights that can lead to separation.

Data shows that one of the biggest things that couples fight about most often is finances. Especially when there is a lack of money, this adds a lot more stress to a relationship.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a man refuses to share his aunt's inheritance with his girlfriend, and she becomes incredibly angry with him.

Should a person always share their financial wealth with their partner?

A Reddit post published on August 15th, reported on by Maria Azzurra Volpe from Newsweek, has gone viral with 10,400 upvotes and 1,800 comments.

The author begins his post by clarifying that a couple of years ago he received a significant inheritance from his aunt who was wealthy. He received $50,000, and all of his cousins received the same amount.

He clarifies that he used a majority of the money to pay down his student debt, and what was left he put towards his retirement, deciding that he would never touch it.

However, his girlfriend recently found out about the inheritance from one of his cousins and was angry with him for ‘hiding it from her’, and also for not giving her a portion of the inheritance. The author was very confused, especially because when he received the inheritance they'd only been dating a couple of months.

When should romantic couples fuse their finances together?

Every couple addresses their finances differently, while some may choose to keep their money separate even after they get married, others may choose to combine their finances early on.

The author felt that when he received the inheritance, it was far too early to get financially entangled with his girlfriend, because they had only been together for a few months, and tried to reason with her to no avail.

After arguing back and forth, the author got the impression that his girlfriend was suspicious that he had more money then he said he did. He clarified to her that most of the money was gone as it had paid off his student debt, and the rest was in his retirement. But no matter what he said, she wouldn't believe him and still demanded that he give her a cut of the inheritance.

What do you think? Is the girlfriend at all entitled to a portion of the inheritance? Or is she delusional to think that this money in any way belongs to her, and she's way out of line to demand that it be shared with her?

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