A huge discrepancy in financial resources can cause problems, especially if you didn't know about the discrepancy up front or if someone's situation has changed. Even winning the lottery is surprisingly hard on relationships. Losing a job or having a car stolen or major medical problems all create emotional problems, but then having to deal with the money factor is also very difficult. Do you borrow money, loan money, talk about money, ignore it?

When you get down to it, money isn't just inert, wrinkly, green stuff; it's power and lifestyle and freedom and self-definition. One person getting or losing a lot of it undoubtedly changes things.

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