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Should Family Inheritance Cause This Many Issues in a Relationship?

Would knowing that your fiance is going to inherit over a million dollars leave you feeling uneasy? The issue of family inheritance has been an awkward topic in relationships for a long time.

Often, people find themselves in serious relationships with others who are either due to inherit significantly more or less than them. While for many couples, this is fine, for others, it can raise some awkward questions. 

This particular Reddit user (34F) is currently going through issues of her own with her fiance as she is due to receive over a million dollars, but he feels uneasy about it. Let’s find out more about his predicament. 

The Money Situation:

The original poster (OP) explains that she is about to receive $1.5 million in inheritance. While most partners would probably be excited about this, OP’s partner is upset about it as he thinks it will change their relationship. 

OP says that her fiance’s outlook on money is relatively negative due to the fact that he grew up in extreme poverty. He would only ever eat at school as a child and would often go to bed hungry. His dad was in jail, and his mom went off the rails. He and his brother would often be left home alone to fend for themselves.

On the other hand, OP couldn’t have had a more different upbringing. She got everything she wanted and was given an Audi as her first car at 16. 

Despite their different upbringings, both of them have worked hard, and both earn good money. OP’s fiance even has his own business, which he earns around $40k a year, but OP does earn slightly more on the whole. 

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However, with the incoming inheritance, her total earnings are going to dwarf his by a significant margin which is making him feel uncomfortable. OP has offered to even pump some of the money into his business so that he sees the money as both of theirs, but this has made him feel even worse – like a charity case.

OP is at a complete loss and doesn’t know what she can do to make her fiance feel more comfortable about the situation without making him feel like a charity case. Is there a way around this?

A Helping Hand from Reddit

The Reddit community was surprisingly sensitive to OP’s situation and offered her some sound advice. One of the top commenters suggested that OP needed to re-evaluate how she views one million dollars as it is completely different from how her fiance views it. They said:

“You’re treating the money like it’s not a factor. He sees $1.5M as an eye-popping sum. Every time you say a million dollars is no big deal, you widen the gulf rather than reassure. Stop saying ‘it won’t change anything’ and start planning how this money can improve your lives together.”

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Other users believed that OP’s fiance needed to stop being so downbeat about the situation and instead support his future wife. One person said:

“One of the biggest red flags is when your partner is not supportive of your success. Or worse, gets resentful over it and makes you feel bad for it. A partner should lift you up, not bring you down. He has to understand OP’s success is his success in a way too, especially now they’re getting married.”

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What do you think? Does OP need to alter her outlook on money, or does her fiance need to get over himself and accept the situation for what it is? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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