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Getting married is an important time in any person's life. From a financial point-of-view, it provides an opportunity to share costs and plans, but there are also financial challenges and risks at stake. By planning your finances together, you can make sure that both your needs are met and avoid problems later on. The key is sharing the decision making. Some aspects to consider:
Managing joint budgetsMedical Insurance
Live-in partner (co-habitation)
Moving in with a partner can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. It is a huge step in any relationship. When the decision to move in together has been made the focus on the relationship has to move from an emotional perspective to a "business" perspective when dealing with financial decisions.
When a person meets someone, and they form a relationship, there is a picture of "happily ever after." Parting ways is never easy after a mingled life. From a financial point-of-view, costs have been shared, but now these costs need to be split fairly. Some aspects to consider:
What are my rights?
Do I need or need to pay child maintenance?
What marriage contract do we have?
What are the legal costs of a divorce?
How will we split joint investments?
How much debt do we have jointly and/or alone?
What are the costs of living alone?
What expenses can I cut back on?
Financial planning when preparing for a new marriage is always a challenge, but it can be even harder when you are trying to blend two families. Whether you both have children or just one of you is bringing children into your next marriage, here are some questions you should consider:
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