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Before we were married our finances were separate. Once we got married we opened a joint checking account and gradually phased out our separate checking accounts. We do however have separate brokerage accounts for our Rollover IRA/Roth IRA accounts and those accounts have cash management account options, so we do have some flexibility. I am the main finance controller of the household but once a year I sit with my husband and give him a "state of the union" conversation about our finances. I also have a google doc that shares what to do with our investments/accounts in case something happens to me and we go over that every year also. I keep it short because he is very much not interested in this which worries me a bit if I pass before him, but I do the best I can. Fortunately we agree on spending levels as we are both people who want to live below our means so we don't have to have any of those complicated budget schemes.
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