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  • Save up before your wedding and spend only what you have. The most important part of a wedding is the meaning of the marriage, not how fancy the wedding is.
  • Check helpful websites such as theknot.com and indiebride.com for ways to save on your wedding.
  • In the event of a divorce, you must protect your financial interests by terminating both the marriage and the joint financial obligations. That includes credit card accounts, mortgages and jointly held loans. Refinance the loans or sell the house or car.
  • If joint accounts are not closed, you are legally responsible if your ex-spouse doesn't pay, no matter what the divorce decree says. Your credit can be ruined and you can get knocked out of the credit market.
  • Make sure to consider each spouse's retirement accounts and stock options, if there are any.
  • Consider divorce mediation, a less adversarial process than using lawyers, in which a mediator tries to get the two parties together to reach a fair agreement. But be sure to have any mediation agreement reviewed by a lawyer.
  • If your ex-spouse is months or more behind in child-support payments, consider using a collection agency. Don't pay more than one-third the amount due in collection agency fees.

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Can you trust the profiles on dating websites?

Can you trust the profiles on dating websites?

When you go to an online dating site, how can you be sure the people you're seeing pictures of are actually real members? Here's a new warning for anyone on the prowl!

Cut your wedding budget big-time

Looking to plan a cheap wedding? Thanks to the Internet, it's now possible to pay as little as $5 for something that could otherwise cost you $3,000! I talked recently about how you can now buy $99 wedding dresses from H&M. That trend hints at a big split between people ...

Wedding dresses starting at $99

If you or someone you know is getting married, I have some suggestions about ways to save money. A few years back, Costco Wholesale got a round of derisive press for selling high-end designer wedding dresses at a fraction of what they would cost elsewhere. They were pricing them typically ...

Beware of "romance scams" around Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day approaching fast, I've got a real heartbreaker to share with you that centers around the dangers of people misrepresenting themselves on the Internet. A couple of years ago, The Naperville Sun reported that a 48-year-old man wired $200,000 over the course of more than 2 years to ...

New rules grant credit to stay-at-home spouses

New federal rules will allow stay-at-home spouses to qualify for credit in their own name based on household income. For years, spouses who didn't work outside of the home weren't taken seriously when applying for credit. When my dad died in the '80s, my mom had no credit in her ...

How to plan a cheap wedding

Wedding planning season is here as couples race to plan the perfect nuptials in time for a summer wedding date. But before you get too deep into planning, I want you to sit down and come up with a budget for your wedding. It can be $100 or it can ...

Facing separation? Heed this financial advice

Facing separation? Heed this financial advice

If your marriage is ending, be sure to protect yourself from this financial unknown that could blindside you down the road.

Theresa Delain submits this photo of her mother and son, 15 years before her mother passed away: "I lost my mom 12 years ago and there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of her or miss her! I have 3 children and on Mothers Day I stay home and cook for them in celebration of my mom. The kids are awesome and understand completely! When she was in the rehab facility prior to her death I would go to New York every 6 weeks and stay with her for 2 weeks I would set her hair and style it, manicure and pedicure and read her favorite magazines to her. That is a memory I will never forget."

Choosing to stay home with children

Since before the recession, an increasing number of mothers say they’d like to work full-time. The Pew Research Center analyzed new data from the U.S. Census Bureau and conducted a survey to discover this and other family financial dynamic trends. In 2007, 20% of mothers called full-time employment their ideal ...

Carrie suggests Yvonne adjust her heel height for this gown to avoid hemming the bottom. It’s another way to save on dress alterations.

Cheap weddings for you!

Approximately a third of people who get engaged never make it to the altar. Now there’s a new way to help them recoup money they’ve already laid out to book photographers, florists, facilities, and more. The most tense time in a relationship can often be the period from the engagement ...

Are you leaving ammunition for divorce lawyers?

Are you leaving ammunition for divorce lawyers?

Facing a divorce? The #1 tool divorce lawyers will use against you is something you probably do every day.

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