Don’t ignore these 6 financial red flags before you get married

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It’s summer!  Hooray for warm weather and cookouts and yes—even weddings!  June is one of the most popular wedding choices around and who can blame those of you who save a June date?   The weather in most areas is sublime and tons of brides are anxious to tie the knot and make those December engagements legal and official.  Love is a good thing but it does come with a price tag that is both emotional and financial.   How many times have you heard a divorcee proclaim that if they knew now what they didn’t know then?  I decided to ask a few people to complete this question with their own answers and I was amazed at the sage advice that was shared so openly from both happily married types and from some divorced folks as well.  Take these suggestions as simple guidance.  … [Read more...]

Common Myths About Marriage & Credit

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We’ve all heard the adage that “opposites attract” and most of us know some couples who fit this description.   The good news: there are many happy and functional couples who fall into this category, but it can take extra effort to maintain a successful relationship when there are serious differences in attitudes and behaviors between two people.  This is especially true when it comes to managing finances and credit, and doubly so when you enter the legally binding contract of marriage   In fact, financial incompatibility is frequently identified as a top reason for divorce by relationship experts.   Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for celebrating love and romance through gifts of flowers or chocolate.  While the offer to obtain and discuss each other’s FICO … [Read more...]

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