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What Couples Get Wrong About Marriage · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Emily Cowen, a musical artist I enjoy sings, “Even though we just met, these feelings are so beautiful, you and me were meant to be together.” And that is where “love” songs get love wrong. You’ve just met, the feelings are beautiful so, goodness gracious, you must be meant to be together. Wrong! Long-lasting marriages and relationships aren’t based on beautiful feelings. They thrive because of compatibility and the unique differences both genders bring to the relationship and how well each can resolve a conflict. A bit about marital compatibility Let’s look at the role compatibility plays in lasting marriages. Initial compatibility, the butterflies...

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Tax Refund

[ad_1] With tax day right around the corner, you may be wondering how best to use your tax refund. The average refund, according to the latest IRS data, comes in at $2,873—a good chunk of money that could help you make some real headway on your financial goals. So what’s the best way to really optimize your refund? Let’s unpack the details. Here are five ways to help your tax refund pack the biggest punch and put you on the most solid financial ground. 1. Chip Away at Your Debt High-interest debt is a serious wealth killer, especially if you’re carrying balances from...

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Credit Card Reviews: Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards

[ad_1] From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation of the posting.  Mint Partners had no influence on the creation, direction or focus of this article unless otherwise specifically stated. There is little in life more thrilling than the feeling of a jet powering up for takeoff. But while travel may be fun, the cost of flights and hotels can turn even a...

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Equal Joint Custody After Divorce Bill Being Considered in Iowa

[ad_1] If you are a parent knee-deep in the divorce experience, you already understand what is at stake. Not only are you facing the uncertainty of losing a substantial amount of your life’s work, but more importantly, you could be losing your children to your soon-to-be ex-spouse.You do not want to give up your role as an active and loving parent in their lives, and you should not have to. You should be able to take them to school, have meals with them, help them with their homework and tuck them in at night, regardless of your marital status or relationships with their...

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5 Ways Dads Can Bond With Their Children After Divorce

[ad_1]  When I was an eight-year-old boy, I looked to Hank, the father figure in my life, for all the things the other kids my age seemed to enjoy with their dads. Sadly, Hank wasn’t willing to be engaged in my life. He adored my mom, but my siblings and I were simply excess baggage. While my mother was affectionate and nurturing, Hank’s love for us was missing in action. As a youngster longing for a strong, caring father figure in my life, it would have gone a long way toward forging a close bond between Hank and my siblings and...

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401k Early Withdrawal: What to Know Before You Cash Out

[ad_1] There are a number of reasons why it might be tempting to cash out your hard-earned 401k savings before retirement. From hefty car or home repairs to emergency medical expenses, sometimes unexpected circumstances cause us to seek out extra cash. In fact, 1 in 3 people have resorted to a 401k early withdrawal, often when in between jobs. However, it’s important that you’re aware of any penalties and fees before you choose to withdraw. Additionally, 401k early withdrawals may have unwanted impacts on your taxes. Read on to learn exactly what happens when you decide to dip into your 401k...

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3 Reasons Divorced Dads Should Always Take The High Road

[ad_1] Very few couples make it through the entire divorce process without at least a few points of contention. Divorce, by its very nature, is adversarial and tends to breed conflict. Amicable divorces are rare. Although no-fault divorce is now the norm and it is no longer always necessary to prove marital fault, there still are plenty of opportunities for emotions to erupt. The process of negotiating child custody arrangements, child support agreements, property division, and alimony/spousal support often is tense and involves a lot of back and forth at a time when each party is already in a precarious emotional state. However,...

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Credit Card Top Picks: Based on Your Life Stage

[ad_1] From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated by some of the links that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation of the posting.  Mint Partners had no influence on the creation, direction or focus of this article unless otherwise specifically stated.  It seems like every day, a new credit card arrives on the scene. But how do you know if the card is worth applying for? It’s easy for consumers to become inundated and confused by all the cards available...

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Do These 3 Things For Your Child During Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Do me a favor. For the moment, put away negative feelings you have toward your ex and let’s concentrate on your children and putting them first. They need you now more than they’ve ever needed you before. So, pay attention! I received an email recently from a father concerned about the impact his wife’s desire for a divorce was having on his children. He said, “Children generally do not want their parents to divorce. In my case, I have watched my two kids ages 3 and 6 cry for hours over the loss of what they knew as their family. However,...

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Do Not Forsake Your Mental Health After Divorce

[ad_1] Your mental health matters. What you think and how you feel matter. Even though the divorce experience may leave you feeling like what you say, what you do, and how you are dealing with the pain and difficulty of one of the worst experiences you can ever go through in your life does not matter, it does. You matter, and taking care of your mental health is an early step in the road to keeping your focus and recovering from the end of your marriage.The first step of taking care of yourself in this situation is recognizing how close you are to it. This is the end...

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