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WTFinance Are These Real Estate Terms?

[ad_1] About to buy a home? Feeling totally prepared?! Ha!   During the homebuying process, there are a ton of terms you’ll encounter that could be confusing or even deceiving. Unless you have the time and expertise to promote your property yourself or look for a new one, you will probably turn to a real estate broker for help. But it’s still important to learn the jargon you’ll encounter along the road of homeownership yourself! It can make the mortgage process less intimidating and provide even more clarity on the timeline of your home purchase.   We’ve rounded up some of the most common...

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Fun Summer Activities For Divorced Dads

[ad_1]Divorce is never an easy undertaking. Family bonds feel broken and children are confused. Divorce can strain the relationship kids have with their fathers. It is important for dads to come up with ideas for activities that allow them to not only have fun, but to stay connected with their children after going through so much change. Summer is the perfect time for dads and kids to strengthen their bonds while also having fun. Here are five enjoyable activities divorced dads can partake in with their kids. Go to a baseball game Baseball is the ultimate summer sport to watch and a great way...

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Moving Checklist: How to Plan for the Unexpected

[ad_1] My husband and I are meticulous budgeters. Every expense is categorized and accounted for, from our monthly Netflix bill to our yearly charity contributions. We even have separate accounts for discretionary purchases. So when we recently planned to move from our apartment in Denver to a newly-purchased home in Indianapolis, we assumed the budget we’d cooked up would be right on the nose. We were so, so wrong. It’s not that we went over budget by a catastrophic amount, but the amount of surprising little expenses we encountered was staggering. The act of moving your entire life across the country is...

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Falsely Accused Of Child Abuse? Here’s What You Need To Do · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  I have a friend going through a divorce. Her husband has played the child abuse card by accusing her of not getting her child “needed” medical care since their separation. Actually, his accusations run the gamut from ignoring the child’s medical needs to not feeding the child a nutritional diet. She has been falsely accused of child abuse! He knows doing this is going to muddy the waters, cast doubts on her as a fit mother, string out the divorce process and put her in a one-down position of having to defend herself against his accusations. His accusations are in the...

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Disspelling the “Cheaper to Keep Her” Myth

[ad_1] Your financial future can feel bleak after the divorce process is finalized. Through the division of assets, you no longer are able to live at the same standard of living that you previously did, and with responsibilities like alimony and child support, percentages of your income are no longer available to you. While you may have to cut some costs and make some adjustments to your previous habits, this pales in comparison to the emotional costs you have to suffer when you find yourself in an unhappy and dysfunctional marriage. The expression There is an expression that has been said in many circles...

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Summer Closet and Budget Refresh

[ad_1] A new season means it’s time for new clothes. But how do you refresh your closet without blowing your summer budget? Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice your trip to the beach just to get that new pair of sandals. Use these tips to create a budget and strategically plan out your purchases.   Sell What You Don’t Need If you’re working with almost no budget, turn your old clothes into cash for new ones. Go through your wardrobe, gather gently used items you no longer wear and sell them on secondhand sites or to consignment stores. Use the money from these...

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4 Reasons Parents File For Divorce In August · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  What do August and March have in common? In most parts of the United States, the two months don’t even have similar climates, so your answer might understandably be “nothing much.” But according to a study conducted at the University of Washington, Americans file for divorce in August and March more often than any other months. The study analyzed all of the divorce filings in Washington from November 2001 to December 2015; the state has pretty open divorce laws, which made it easy for the researchers to gather the data. What they found was a clear peak in both August...

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How to Know If You’re Ready To Buy a House

[ad_1] There’s a reason why most people equate buying a home with settling down. Buying a home generally means your life is stable, your job isn’t in danger and you’re probably married or in a serious relationship. If you’ve reached this stage of adulthood, it means you likely have an idea of what you want out of life. Ideally, it also means your finances are in order. But as much as you may want to stop renting and start owning, the home buying process isn’t for the faint of heart. Beyond that, home ownership comes with a host of potential problems and...

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3 Tips To Help Divorced Dads Get Back On Their Feet

[ad_1] There are numerous challenges facing dads after divorce. Getting back on your feet is a difficult process, to say the least. Many fathers end up with an unfavorable child custody arrangement that limits their access to their children. They also might be shouldered with significant child support and alimony payments that decimate their finances. And of course, there is the emotional anguish and turmoil of going through a breakup coupled with the breakdown of the family. The combination of these hurdles result in an enormous amount of stress, which can lead to serious health problems. It is a vicious cycle. Making sure...

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Are You Ready To Get Married Again? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  You’ve met someone new, fallen in love and you’re ready to get married again. Or, are you? Could your desire to marry again be more complex? “Love” isn’t the only motivating factor when it comes to getting married. If this were true, I know quite a few people who would be married today. Thank goodness they aren’t! When it comes to marrying for the second or, even third time understanding your true motivations for wanting to marry can help you determine how successful the marriage will be. It’s only common sense that if you get married again for the right reasons, you...

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