Falling in love is a wonderful experience, but at some point both partners have to level with one another in the real world. Those conversations can be serious and heavy, but they're totally necessary. Really, if you're not bringing up these things with your partner, you might be sabotaging the relationship. But if you and your SO can have honest conversations about these topics, then you're probably doing pretty darn well.
Ideally, these topics will come up naturally over the course of your relationship. (No one has to dive into the super tough topics on a second date, and really, no one wants to.) Although discussing your philosophies on finance isn't exactly sexy, it's a great predictor for relationship success. "Research has shown that successful relationships are not those that necessarily have fewer problems, but those that have found effective means of solving the problems that come up," Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. in Psychology Today. Making sure you're on the same page about these big topics, or that you can at least compromise on them, is so important.
Read on to review the topics you and your SO need to discuss at some point. Hopefully, you'll see eye-to-eye on these big things and continue having a great relationship.