Every time you pull out money from the ATM, pull out extra and add it to your stash.

When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal.

Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes.

Whom they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire.

My mother was devastated when I told her that Jack* and I were getting a divorce. Then he can file for divorce and you're having to ask your parents for a loan to give an attorney a retainer. When you get groceries, get $20 cash back and tuck it away. (Stash the ready money there.) Yes, the money in there is a joint asset, but it can't be withdrawn by anyone but you. Go paperless- you don't need statements sent to the house, do you? Use it, pay it off every month (see: checking account) and then you'll be a step ahead of the game should anything happen. Make an inventory of all of your and your husband's financial accounts.

Here are a few things you should do, to keep it from happening to you. Have 'ready money.' If you don't work, and all of your money is held in joint accounts, your husband can strip them bare without your knowledge or permission. Get a checking account in your own name at a bank different than you already have.

I'm not the only stay at home mom who has gotten screwed because her husband was wealthy and powerful and a control freak. Here's some free advice: Don't ever trust your spouse with all your finances. Keep it in a safe place- a friend, your mom's, a safety deposit box (remember the advice about using a different bank? It was the beginning of a war that is unending and I think sometimes it will only end when I die. My ex-husband always picked a time when I was insanely busy to tell me I had to sign it and I'd flip through and sign next to the yellow arrow post it note. All of this sounds reactionary and distrustful, and it is.Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged.In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.