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Financial infidelity on the rise: NPR



When Ann and Ed Coambs met 15 years ago, she was impressed that he had a financial affair: He owned a house, had a job, and managed his budget.

But years later, when they got married, Ann learned something that shocked her: Ed had secretly taken debts and hidden them from her for over a year.

Ed Coambs borrowed several thousand dollars on his business credit card-the only account he did not share with his wife Ann-without telling her.

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Ed Coambs borrowed several thousand dollars on his business credit card – the only account he did not share with his wife Ann – without telling her.

Courtesy of Ed Coambs

Eventually, the truth came out: One evening, after her three sons had gone to bed, Ed told her. Ann remembers the first shock: "In a few minutes, you say," What was just swept out below me? ""

Then she got angry.

"Everything in me just wanted to scream and hit a pillow," Ann says, especially as she considered how he had pleaded for openness and transparency throughout her marriage. She wondered, "What else do not I know? What's he still hiding?"

"When this happened, the area of ​​trust was the hardest to regain," she says.

To get it back, couples needed advice, apology, transparency, and time. Ann even admits that she was annoyed about the repayment of his debts.

"I feel like you should throw yourself out for what you caused," she says.