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Lesbian and Gay Couples Allowed to File for Joint Bankruptcy

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An article out of Kentucky brought up a point I had not thought about, filling bankruptcy as a gay married couple. The underlying issue is that with only a handful of states recognizing gay marriage, what are gay couples to do when they want to file bankruptcy together but their marriage in New York isn’t recognized by Kentucky. That question ... Read More »

Hubby’s Spending is a Problem. What Can I Do?

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Dear Dollar Stretcher, My husband’s spending is starting to drive a wedge between us. I want to put money away for a vacation and our son’s college fund. But there’s never any money left at the end of the month. My husband does outside sales so he’s in a car all day. By the end of the day he’s spent ... Read More »

Marriage and Credit: Join Lives, not Accounts!

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Most people approach marriage and credit with a one-for-all, all-for-one attitude. They open joint credit cards, apply for car loans as a couple, and stop building separate credit histories. After all, they have joined their lives together; why not marry their credit histories? Though the sentiment is appealing, keeping some credit accounts separate has big advantages. Holding credit jointly puts ... Read More »

Are You Hiding Money From Your Spouse?

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From time to time, I get feedback from Couple Money readers. It’s something that I enjoy and try to respond to. This weekend I received an email from M about a situation that he noticed at work. I thought it was an excellent question and I wanted to see what youthoughtabout it. Hiding Vacation Bonus Money at Work Here’s what ... Read More »

Debt Will Kill Your Sex Life

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Photo not contributed by JoAnneh The following guest post was contributed by JoAnneh Nagler who is a debt-free living coach, artist and author. She recently completed her new book The Debt-Free Spending Plan which will be available in preview copies in the fall of 2011. If you would like to contribute a guest post, click here. Debt will kill your ... Read More »

Coupons Saved Newlywed’s Household

Yesterday, I sat down over snacks with my friend Ann, my personal coupon guru, to talk couponing. In the very early days of us meeting I overheard her telling a friend, “I’ve got to get home and organize my coupons for tomorrow!” Intrigued, I jumped in the conversation and asked “what for?” She explained that Super Double Coupons at Harris ... Read More »

Is Your Lover Cheating on You and Slowly Killing You Financially?

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photo © 2010 Jaci Berkopec | more info (via: Wylio)A new study by the National Endowment for Financial Education and Forbes says 1 in 3 couples who have combined their finances, admit they have been keeping financial secrets from the other. The leading money crimes were hiding cash, minor purchases and bills. Meanwhile, a significant number of people admitted hiding ... Read More »

Debt, Relationships, Fighting, Sexually Transmitted Debt and Financial Infidelity

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Hi, this is Steve Rhode. I’m a consumer debt expert and some people even call me the get out of debt guy. If you are looking for me you can find me on Twitter @GetOutOfDebtGuy and on the web at GetOutofDebt.org. This time we are going to be talking about a serious subject, fighting about debt. Believe me, in all ... Read More »

Boyfriend Cheats Me Out Of Money To Feed His Debt Habit

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I’d like to follow up with my previous article, How Do You Value Your Quality of Life? Debt Solutions to Fix The Future In this article I showcased a friend of mine, Michael. I should point out that Michael was much more than a friend to me, we had been in a very serious relationship for a year and a ... Read More »

Respecting Your Wishes if You Become Ill or Incapacitated: A Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples

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All gays and lesbians, whether coupled or not, should consider what will happen if they become seriously ill or suffer a medical emergency. Ask yourself several questions. Who do you want to have authority to act for you if you are incapacitated and cannot make your own health care decisions? Who do you want to be allowed to visit you ... Read More »

Divorce in The Military: Protect Your Financial Future

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If you’re going through a divorce, you’re probably exhausted by the emotional upheaval and the day-to-day details of carving out a new, separate life. Separation when you or your spouse is a member of the military can pose special concerns, like division of military pensions or survivor benefits. One thing that’s easily overlooked — or outright ignored — in the ... Read More »

Marriage and Money: How to Talk to Your New Spouse About Finances

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So you’re engaged. Or thinking about it. If you’re really serious about spending the rest of your life with another person, it’s time to get some of the tougher issues out in the open. Somewhere near the top of your list should be MONEY. Conflicts about money issues can stop a relationship before it has a chance to be successful. ... Read More »

Managing Your Money: Options for Same-Sex Couples

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Congratulations! You’ve met the man or woman of your dreams and have moved in together or are planning the big move. You’re probably in the “ain’t love grand” stage, and we’d prefer not to burst your bubble. But how about a dose of realism, especially about money? When you live with someone, you and your partner must make decisions about ... Read More »

The “Living Together” Contract: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples

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A contract is no more than an agreement to do (or not to do) something. It contains promises made by one person in exchange for another’s actions or promises. Marriage is a contractual relationship, even though the “terms” of the contract are rarely stated explicitly, or even known, by the marrying couple. Saying “I do” commits a couple to a ... Read More »

Living Together: A Financial Contract for Unmarried Couples

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A contract is no more than an agreement to do (or not to do) something. It contains promises made by one person in exchange for another’s actions or promises. Marriage is a contractual relationship, even though the “terms” of the contract are rarely stated explicitly, or even known, by the marrying couple. Saying “I do” commits a couple to a ... Read More »

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