This is a bit of a conundrum for me and hoping for some opinions!
I am just in my first week of maternity leave, with my baby expected in early August. My maternity allowance will kick in after the birth, and my husband and I want to sort out how we will manage our money when that happens.
We have always paid 50/50 on all bills (incl. mortgage), even though I earn a little more than he does. When I go on maternity allowance, I will be earning half what he earns. He is expecting that I will still pay 50/50 of everything using my maternity allowance, but this will give me no personal spending money, and might perhaps eat into my savings.
It doesn't seem fair to me that while I am taking a reduced pay packet in order to care for our child, his financial situation will hardly change at all.
I am interested to hear how other people managed this change in finances, what you expect from your partner, and what, exactly, is fair!? I just can't work it out!