Scott Van Voorhis
Jan 15, 2019 8:30 AM EST
While it's common for one partner to handle most money decisions in a marriage, it's important for planners to make sure to listen to both.
It's not uncommon for couples to split up their household duties, with the more money-savvy partner handling the finances. But financial planners say cases where one spouse completely dominates discussions about money and investments while the other partner checks out can be a cause for concern.
Such an imbalance can create serious problems down the line if the financially dominant spouse becomes ill or dies. It can also point to... Read More
When your spouse passes away, you don't have to struggle financially
November 26, 2018
In March 2013, Ginny McKinney and her husband, Dan, were shopping for a camper to pursue their dream of traveling to great golf courses around the country. Then Dan died of a heart attack. He was 62 years old and she was 59.
“It was devastating. Grief is like an onion. You have the initial shock of the loss itself, but then it keeps going deeper and deeper,” Ginny says.
And in Ginny’s case, the emotional challenges were compounded by financial setbacks.
Just four months before Dan died, Ginny had cut down to part-time hours at... Read More
- Almost half of Americans say their spouses or significant others do not know how much they spend during the holiday season.
- In some cases, shoppers are purposely keeping their spouse in the dark.
- Holiday overspending can trigger relationship and financial problems.
Laura Galligan | @GalliganLaura
Published November 29, 2018 CNBC.com
For many consumers, the real magic of the holiday season is the sleight of hand it takes to hide overspending from their spouse.
Almost half of Americans say their spouses or significant others do not know how much they spend during the holiday season, according to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from SwagBucks.com .
Another survey,... Read More
At a certain point, the topic has to be dealt with.
The only way to do it successfully is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.
By Jeremy Brown July 19 2018, 7:33 PM
Second only to child custody, alimony is one of the most contentious and difficult-to-navigate processes in any divorce. When two people are splitting up, particularly when that split is acrimonious, the last thing either of them wants to discuss is the prospect of giving money to each other. But, the topic has to be dealt with and the only way to do it... Read More
The full report, available at www.nefe.org/early-warning-signs, documents new research funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) to identify very early financial skill declines in cognitively normal older adults funded by the National Institute of Aging of the National Institute of Health.
INESCAPABLE TRUTH: FINANCIAL ABILITY DECLINES WITH AGE
IT IS INEVITABLE that people will see a decline in their financial skills and decision-making ability as they age. No one is exempt: Everyone experiences normal cognitive aging in their later years, which in turn affects various financial skills. The degree of cognitive decline and its effect on specific financial skills varies by individual.
Reach your financial goals by taking a business leader's approach to your family's finances.
By Susannah Snider, Staff Writer |May 3, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.
How to Be the CFO of Your Financial Household
Consider it a promotion. From now on, you are more than a humble household money manager, a bill payer and a check writer.
Instead, you are the chief financial officer of your household. You're the CFO of your finances, the C-suite executive of your personal capital. No corner office is required, but you're welcome to make business cards if you'd like.
Your new role as household CFO will require... Read More
Lili Vasileff is quoted in a recent article by Brittney Laryea for Magnify Money on how to handle a spouse who is chronically overspending. Lili says, "Financial infidelity is not a financial exercise, its an emotional exercise. Sometimes overspending may be the result of miscommunication, emergency spending, or unrelated, deeply seated emotional issues like an addiction."
How to confront an overspending spouse
By Brittney Laryea for MagnifyMoney.com - February 15, 2017
You’ve brown-bagged lunch for weeks and even cut out your morning latte and other non-essential purchases because you and your partner agreed to save up for your next vacation. A few months into saving, you’re riding in the passenger’s... Read More
In this article published in Bloomberg News, Lili Vasileff contributes to a discussion of the state of information sharing in marriages -- especially when it comes to financial details. Lili says, ‘‘Most couples don’t share fully financial details about private accounts, the nature of investments, or the amount of savings."
By Suzanne Woolley
Published in Bloomberg News, August 31, 2016
Trust of politicians in America seems to have reached a new low in this election season.
But who would have guessed how little trust exists across the kitchen table?
Many American couples don’t share even basic financial details of their retirement savings account, beyond the fact that they have one. Twenty-one percent of couples either married... Read More
In this article for LifeHealth.com, Lili Vasileff explores the topic of late in life divorce. She says, "As a Baby Boomer approaching retirement, let us assume that you and your spouse have been fiscally responsible for most of your lives. But what happens when one household now unexpectedly divides itself in two with a late in life divorce?"
Planning Through Life's Disruptions: Advising Late in Life Divorce
How to help your client untangle, and protect, a mature retirement portfolio
by Lili A. Vasileff, CFP, CDFA
Ms. Vasileff received the national 2013 Pioneering Award for her public advocacy and leadership in the field of divorce financial planning. Lili is the President Emeritus of the national Association of Divorce Financial Planners and is a member of NAPFA,... Read More
As you approach your golden years, you realize you may be heading toward divorce. Now you start asking questions: how does one start the process, how much is it going to cost, and how long does it take?
Many Baby Boomers have misconceptions about divorce. These misconceptions arise from all sorts of people who mean well but mislead when sharing their own experiences and “knowledge from the battlefield”. Everyone has a story to tell. It seems that either they came through divorce reasonably well or they are financially devastated by divorce. The perils of not knowing what lie ahead seem enormous. Your anxiety is clearly growing as it becomes increasingly confusing to know... Read More