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Sharing Money Is Part Of Sharing Life For Couples

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Q: My fiance and I are getting married this spring and we've run into a conflict concerning finances. Should we have joint or separate checking accounts after we're married? What are your thoughts?

Jim: Opinions on this question vary, but as I see it, a "yours and mine" mentality is not conducive to a healthy, happy marriage. A husband and wife...Read more

A Sense Of Humor Key To A Long-Lasting Marriage

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Q: My husband and I have been married nearly 20 years, and frankly, the relationship has become somewhat stale and even boring. It seems like we're basically just going through the motions. We don't want a long checklist, but do you have one suggestion for something we can do to help?

Jim: I once asked author Ted Cunningham, "What's the best ...Read more

Consider Your Expenses When Managing Money In Marriage

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Q: My wife and I fight about money all the time. We both hate the conflict, but we feel stuck in this pattern -- especially since there never seems to be enough cash in the bank. What do you suggest?

Jim: Conflict over finances can be hard on a marriage. In fact, research shows couples who argue about money are twice as likely to divorce as ...Read more

Teach Kids About Relationships By Modeling Healthy Marriage

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Q: Our first child (a daughter) is just 6 months old, and my wife and I are already dreading the inevitable "birds and bees" discussions. Do you have any advice for how to handle this eventually?

Jim: Marriage and sex -- in that order -- are among the most beautiful gifts humanity has been given. Unfortunately, kids don't naturally understand ...Read more

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