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Marriage

Marriage is the legal process of recognizing the union of two people in a relationship. Many couples choose to merge finances when they marry.

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Eric Jorgensen
Eric Jorgensen
CFP®, ChFEBC
Washington, DC
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Tony Pampel
Tony Pampel
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Rita Cheng
Rita Cheng
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Larry Frank
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All Questions: Marriage
NewPosted July 27, 2016

You seem to be doing very well having $175K in retirement funds. From an emotional standpoint it may seem positive to pay down the mortgage. However, ...

NewPosted July 20, 2016
Rita Cheng

Rita Cheng

CFP®, CDFA, CRPC

I am so sorry to hear of your husband's situation. Here are some guidelines for survivor benefits.

A widow/widower can begin benefits on her/his ear...

NewPosted July 19, 2016

That is a difficult question to answer, and might really be best addressed by qualified marital counselors. This type of financial behavior goes deep...

NewPosted July 17, 2016 · Phoenix, AZ
Tony Pampel

Tony Pampel

CFP®, CFS, CLTC, CPWA, MBA

Assuming that the extra $30,200 is going straight to your principle as you mentioned, you would have had to pay it, anyway. You're not really paying ...

NewPosted July 17, 2016
Linda Jacob

Linda Jacob

CFP®, AFC®

I'm not sure why you think that a divorce will help you save money? a. getting a divorce is expensive and b. you would then have double the living e...

NewPosted July 16, 2016 · San Diego, CA

There was a very recent Tax Court case where an unscheduled pregnancy was accepted as an unanticipated event but if you can hold off for a few months ...

Posted July 13, 2016
Eric Jorgensen

Eric Jorgensen

CFP®, ChFEBC

When you re-marry you will no longer be eligible to receive your ex-husband's Social Security, it will stop.

You will be able to collect your husband...

Posted July 11, 2016
Larry Frank

Larry Frank

CFP®, MBA

Your question alludes to a few things, but details aren't complete there. So I will make a couple of assumptions: 1) You did not fully participate in ...

Posted June 30, 2016 · San Francisco, CA
Jeremy Portnoff

Jeremy Portnoff

CFP®, MSFS

This is a tricky situation because California is a community property state and if any marital money was used toward the cost of the home then he migh...

Posted June 30, 2016 · Bend, OR

Since you were married on the last day of the year, you can file as Married Filing Joint or Married Filing Separate. Married Filing Joint is a lower t...

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