Can You Get a Prenup After You’re Married?

It’s not exactly romantic to think about creating a prenuptial agreement when embarking on a new marriage. Planning the honeymoon, picking out the wedding cake and designing the invitations – yes, plenty of fun. Outlining the parameters of a potential separation, not so much. Read our guide to preparing your finances for marriage. For those who … Read more

Lesbian and Gay Couples Allowed to File for Joint Bankruptcy

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 … Read more

Marriage and Credit: Join Lives, not Accounts!

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 … Read more

Are You Hiding Money From Your Spouse?

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 … 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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Divorce in The Military: Protect Your Financial Future

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Managing Your Money: Options for Same-Sex Couples

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 … Read more