Couples & Families

What's the Best Way to Choose a Guardian for Your Kids?

January 13, 2016

Don't let uncertainties keep you from choosing a guardian for your kids. If you don't do it, the state will.

If You Become Incapacitated, Will Your Family Know What to Do?

December 16, 2015

The idea of dementia is hard to contemplate. But it's even harder for everyone if you never bring up the subject.

How Can a Teenager Begin to Invest?

November 18, 2015

Help a young person get started investing now and they'll thank you for years to come. Here's how.
What Is a Living Trust? Do You Need One?

September 9, 2015

A living trust isn't a necessity for everyone but it can be a smart way to protect yourself and your heirs.

This Is What Marriage Equality Looks Like—For Your Finances

August 5, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, it's essential for new couples to familiarize themselves with the financial benefits of marriage.

Your Empty Nest Is Full Again. Now What?

June 26, 2013

When a young adult moves back home, it can be a plus for both of you—as long as you set some limits.
Suddenly Alone—Where Can You Turn for Help?

June 10, 2015

It's hard to focus on finances after losing a spouse. But there are resources to turn to for help and support.
Baby On the Way: Are You Ready for Your New Financial Reality?

May 27, 2015

Planning for baby's arrival? Take time now (while you have it!) to get financially prepared.

Money Management Tips For Couples Merging Households

February 11, 2015

You're emotionally ready to move in together, but what about financially? Share your money concerns before sharing an address.

Modern Love and Money: Who Picks Up the Check?

February 4, 2015

For love and money to work hand-in-hand, it's best to start with the first date.

Will a Second Baby Break the Bank?

October 8, 2014

Being financially ready for a second child means planning ahead and carefully prioritizing.

Social Security and Divorce: Can You Collect Benefits on Your Ex's Earnings Record?

September 10, 2014

Even though you're divorced, you might be able to tap into your ex-spouse's work record for Social Security benefits—as long as you meet all the qualifications.
Helping Recent Grads: How Much Financial Support Should You Give?

July 9, 2014

Helping a new grad is a balancing act between offering financial support and fostering independence.
How Can You Set a Good Financial Example for Your Kids?

June 11, 2014

Times may have changed, but certain old-fashioned economic values remain.
What Financial Steps Should You Take When a Spouse Dies?

June 4, 2014

There are lots of financial issues to handle when a spouse dies—but fortunately you don't have to handle them alone.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

May 28, 2014

It's hard to think of finances when a spouse has died, but don't ignore possible Social Security survivor benefits.
Is There a Tactful Way to Help Your Mom (or Dad) Financially?

May 7, 2014

Parents are used to giving kids a financial hand, but aren't always comfortable being on the receiving end.
Do You Know Enough About Your Family Finances?

February 12, 2014

Even if your spouse is calling the shots financially, it's essential that you know the game plan.  
Can Finance and Romance Go Hand in Hand?

February 9, 2011

Many couples avoid talking about money. But if you start the conversation now—you may be able to avoid the heartache later.
Your Child's Assets and Financial Aid: What Counts, What Doesn't

February 2, 2011

How do assets—your own as well as your child's—impact financial aid eligibility?
First Steps for Your Baby's Financial Future

January 5, 2011

A new baby's daily needs can make your head spin—but you still need to do some straight thinking about your child's financial future.
Financial "Aid" After College: What Are a Parent's Responsibilities?

November 10, 2010

What is a parent's responsibility after a child has finished college? The short answer: Retirement comes first!
Family Business: A Loan Is a Loan

September 8, 2010

Your brother borrows $10,000 and seems reluctant to pay it back. It's time to remind him of his obligation (and understand the legal implications of family loans).
Aging Parents: Sharing the Burden

August 4, 2010

What happens when your parents run out of money? How should you divide the responsibilities among your siblings? Start by having a conversation.
Investing in Yourself: What's the Best Way to Get an MBA?

July 21, 2010

Getting an MBA degree is expensive. Should you quit your job and go to school full-time? Or keep working and pursue a degree at night and weekends?
How to Keep Finance from Ruining Your Romance

July 7, 2010

When you make considerably more than he does, will finance ultimately trump romance? Ways to keep money from tripping you up as you walk down the aisle.
Dividing Up Your Estate: Does It Ever Make Sense to Split It Unequally?

June 23, 2010

When it comes to estate planning, an equal division is usually best. But if you want to do something different, understand the consequences—and talk it out first.
College Finance: Is a Private College Worth the Cost?

January 20, 2010

Higher education is expensive—and private schools are hugely so. Are they worth the extra money?
You Could Use Your Roth IRA to Pay Off Student Loans—but Should You?

January 6, 2010

Just because you can make an early withdrawal from your Roth IRA contributions penalty-free doesn't make it a good idea.
Giving Money to Your Adult Children? Use It as an Introduction to Investing

September 30, 2009

An investment account for a child is an asset for his or her future—and a uniquely powerful opportunity to teach them about personal finance.
What's the Best Way for a Parent to Help Pay Off Student Loans?

September 2, 2009

Helping your graduate pay off student loans is a great gift. Discussing your payment options and decisions can make the gift even more valuable.
Want to Make a Tax-Free Gift? Pay Attention to the Dates and Dollars

May 4, 2010

It can make you feel great to give a gift of money or property. Just make sure you're not taxed on your generosity.
Investing for College: A 529 Plan Is Still a Good Idea

April 23, 2009

Given the turmoil in the markets, is the 529 plan still a viable option for college savings?
Financial Aid and Personal Assets: Is There an Optimal Strategy?

January 29, 2009

What do college financial aid programs consider when determining eligibility?

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