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5 Top Habits to Help You Stress Less About Your Finances

[ad_1] If your finances are a constant source of stress and anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 40 percent of American adults say they would have a tough time covering an unexpected expense of $400 or more, according to the Federal Reserve’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017. Furthermore, 1 in 10 adults says they struggled to pay their bills at least once in the past year due to varying income. A sobering truth bomb? Reducing financial stress when you don’t make enough is nearly impossible, explains Emily Guy Birken, author of End Financial Stress Now....

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Chris Watts Pleads Guilty To Killing Pregnant Wife And Daughters (A Cautionary Tale) · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Chris Watts and his attorneys have reached a plea deal in the highly-watched murder case out of Frederick, Colorado. Watts is accused of killing his wife, Shanann, and his two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. Shanann was pregnant with their third child, a boy. Watts could face three consecutive life sentences. The request to not seek the death penalty came from Shanann Watts’ family. Investigators say Watts killed his family and then dumped their bodies on the property belonging to an oil company. Watts had worked for that company until the allegations arose. The girls’ bodies were found in oil barrels and Shanann’s body was...

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Is Child Support Debt Consolidation Possible?

[ad_1] Falling behind on child support payments is one of the quickest ways fathers can cripple their finances, especially in states that apply interest charges. Child support debt can quickly snowball and lead to wage garnishment and in some cases even prison. Inherently, the child support system is especially harsh on low-income parents, so it is easy to fall behind. When your bills start to add up and your child support debt grows, you might wonder if child support debt consolidation is possible. If you find yourself falling into child support debt, it is critical that you act quickly to remedy to situation....

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success During the Holidays

[ad_1] What’s in store for your credit this holiday shopping season?  Holiday shopping season is upon us. Whether you’re looking for a good deal on something you’ve wanted for a while or finalizing a list of gifts, there’s one thing you may not be paying enough attention to: your credit. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some pointers for you, whether your credit is in good shape or might need some work.  If you already have good credit… If you already have good credit, congratulations. That’s a real achievement for which you should be proud. Here are a few things to consider as...

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10 Co-Parenting Lessons I Learned While Co-Parenting · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  To some, I’m a parent, step-parent, co-parent and former single parent. To me, I’m Stacy and I’m a mom, that’s it, plain and simple. Regardless of the title, my role as a parent is the same. I love, I’m consistent and I’m compassionate. My parenting journey is, well, a journey. My first child was born out of wedlock, in fact so was my second. I married my babies’ daddy and we divorced two years later. Single parenting was difficult; however, it was easier parenting alone than with my former husband. Our parenting values were similar; but he wasn’t a good...

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Pet Custody Law Changing Life After Divorce for California Residents

[ad_1] After your divorce, finding a new sense of normal is important. You feel like your entire world is upended, and you are left to put the pieces back together of your life, with half of them taken away. The comfort and support that you receive at this time are critical to your post-divorce recovery. One form of support and comfort that you can receive on a daily basis is from your pet. Whether it is a dog, a cat, a bird, or some other type of animal, pets can help you survive divorce through their ability to relieve stress and...

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10 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Decorations

[ad_1] If you live a frugal lifestyle, holidays can test your commitment to thriftiness. It feels silly to spend money on decor, tableware and lawn ornaments that only come out for a few weeks a year. But that’s the point of a holiday – spending time and energy to celebrate a fleeting moment, regardless of how pointless it might seem. The good news is, tricking your place out for Halloween can be a cheap treat if you approach it the right way. Here are some of our best tips from frugal experts. Hit Up Craft Stores Justin Pritchard, CFP of Approach Financial Planning...

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How I Survived Without Child Support · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  I am a single mom raising two boys on one income. I don’t receive child support or government assistance. I’m not asking for sympathy or tooting my own horn. These are just facts. We live a pretty good life, and I’m proud of my little family. We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, through struggles and celebrations. Single parent life is tough, but you are tougher. Let me explain how I survived without child support. At the time of my divorce, we lived over an hour away from any family, friends and my job. I had no support...

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How to Keep Your Budget in Check this Holiday Season

[ad_1] Ah, the holidays. Amid the cheer, festive gatherings with loved ones, and stress from the inevitable craziness, if not careful, they could put a serious dent on your credit cards. While it’s certainly not news that the holidays happen every year, they do have a way of unexpectedly creeping up on us. However, with a bit of prep, you can avoid those cringeworthy “overspend” moments, and avoid suffering from holiday debt hangover. Here are some ways to keep your spending in check this time around: Create a Holiday Spending Plan You may have a budget, or spending plan, for your your day-to-day...

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Philadelphia Inquirer Critiques Child Support System’s Flaws

[ad_1]The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published a story detailing the ruthless and counterproductive way in which the Montgomery County sheriff’s department utilizes midnight raids and debtor’s prisons to target fathers with outstanding child support debt. The article details how in Montgomery and other Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties, deputies conduct monthly overnight sweeps to capture parents who failed to pay child support, appear for court hearings, or both. Their names are then published in local newspapers and their arrests often aired on local newscasts. Although some are released the next day, others are held in jail for weeks or months at...

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