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#FamGoals: How (and Why) to Plan Your Love Life the Same Way You Plan Your Finances

It’s such a personal question, but you’ll get it all the time. And even if you hate being asked, you’ll probably end up answering anyway: “Do you want to get married?” And if you are already married or in a serious relationship, there’s this one: “Do you want to have kids?” Then, if you have a kid, it’s “Do you want to have more kids?” I used to be the girl who had no idea how to answer these questions, which made me feel out of control and, frankly, more than a little freaked out. So along with my [...]

By | February 13th, 2016|Sex|0 Comments

What the Heck is the Difference Between Alimony and Child Support, Anyway?!

Going through divorce might make you feel like it’s just the two of you going to battle, but if you have kids then there is so much more on the line. You’re not the only ones impacted by this battle or it’s conclusion. You need to know what your options are for supporting your kids post-divorce so you can get the best possible deal for them. For starters, yes, there is a difference between alimony and child support. Simply, alimony you have to pay tax on (and the person making the payment, presumably your ex, gets a write-off) while with [...]

By | December 7th, 2015|Sex|1 Comment

The Rich Bitch Post-Divorce Boot Camp

So you want to look like a hot divorcée—you might as well act like one, too. You may still be getting used to your life as a single lady, but that doesn't excuse you from being smart about your new life and your money. Here are 8 steps you should take to whip your financial booty back in shape post-D-word: Step 1: Close it up. Closing joint credit card accounts is your first order of business. Get your name off joint credit card accounts as soon as humanly possible. You don’t want to pay for half of his charges. Also, if your [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

We Want Prenup, We Want Prenup! (But What the Heck is it, Anyway?!)

I used to think that if you wanted a prenup (short for “prenuptial agreement”) then you were in the wrong headspace for marriage. I mean, thinking about doomsday before you even had your big day?? How unromantic. But that’s until I got real and saw that divorce can turn people into crazy, money-hungry monsters. No, prenups aren’t just for the wealthy. According to a recent study, 44% of all single people and 49% of divorced people thought a prenup was a good idea. Many attorneys recommend couples of all budgets get a prenup, especially if they have assets that might [...]

By | August 19th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

What His Dating Style Says About His Money

As your relationship gets more serious, I’m all about having The Talk to make sure you are financially compatible. But even before that, in the early stages of a relationship, you can glean a lot about your potential mate’s money habits from behavioral clues. What kinds of activities do you do for dates? When you go out to dinner, who foots the bill? And—this is a biggie—what’s the state of his apartment?? These questions might seem superficial but they can provide useful insights into his feelings about money, which will only get more complicated as your relationship grows. So many [...]

By | July 29th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

How To Prepare Yourself Financially for the “D” Word: Divorce

And you thought your fairy-tale wedding was expensive?? Expect to pay an average of $15,000 to $20,000 in order to get a divorce. Yep, the cost of getting un-married is usually higher than getting married. The major costs typically include mediation, neutral evaluations, custody evaluations if you have kids, court costs, and, of course, attorney costs. If you have any sort of heads-up that the end might be near (and often there are signs, even if we ignore them) then better to get your ducks in a row as early as possible. A little work up front can save you [...]

By | June 28th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

The 3 Things You Need to Know About Your Money Before You Start a Relationship

Before we get into discussing your finances from a relationship standpoint, I want to make the point that you do not, in fact, need a partner. Let me repeat that another way: it is okay to be single. In fact, more Americans than ever before are making just that choice: the US Census found recently that nearly half of all American adults—around 100 million people—are now single, the highest rate in recent history. You might be thinking, “I know why that is—it’s because the divorce rate is at historic highs, too! So divorced people are ‘single.’” Yes, that’s true, but 61% [...]

By | June 27th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

Pay Me Back, B$@#%!

“Needing money” from anyone can put a knot in your stomach, for sure. It’s uncomfortable and makes you feel beyond vulnerable if you’re asking someone you know. But, beyond feeling awkward, you could get doubly screwed by hurting your relationships in addition to your wallet. And that works both ways: if you’re the one asking and if you’re the one lending. So: how do you get your loved ones to cough up what they owe you without compromising your relationship? Try this: Talk in person. Don’t text, email, or call; it’s all too easy for faceless communication to be taken [...]

By | June 24th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments

Do These 3 Money Things With Your Sig-O Now

Whether you’ve been cohabiting with your sig-o for years or are just taking the leap now, you know how I feel about The Talk. It’s that essential conversation in which you both share your financial situation (the good and the bad) so you can align your lives, financially and otherwise. Cohabitation has increased in the United States by more than 1,500% in the past century. Yes, you read that right: 1,500%! If living together it is indeed the right thing for you, then why not go about it like a rockstar? Being open about money with your sig-o will help [...]

By | March 27th, 2015|Sex|0 Comments
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