Finances

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:56pm

I read not long ago that the reason second marriages fail is two-fold - kids and money.

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 10:21am

Believe me, there are days I wish I WAS you!

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 11:25am
Some people have THREE checking accounts---his/hers/ours---maybe something like that?

Or, since you bought condo, the "our" money that would have gone for rent goes to you----SOMETHING so you have spendable money?

Yeah....definitely "not pretty" re: leaving things for son to steal----he'll deny it, .....does dad press on, or accept denial , and you're not believing denial..........etc etc...........ugh.

(((((((((((hugs)))))))))))

Enjoy your kids being there :)
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 9:17am

Its either a "grass is greeener.." thing or I just want to have my cake and eat it too - I had a great time with him this weekend, we had a long talk about how this may be the way things have to be now, but it won;t be this way forever. What I DON'T look forward to will be the adjusting to livng together, but at the same time, I know it will be wonderful to some day settle in an live together. But I did ask him what his expectations would be, financially, and we are on the same page, as far as me having my own account.

That is exciting about yur daughters, you will have a wonderful holiday with them! Keep us posted :)

I can't really comment on the situation with the 19 yr old - I don;t understand why your dh wants to set him up to fail. That seems like inviting an alcoholic over and doing everything you can to make them drinkl.

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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 12:00pm

Well one interesting thing (and I have to take everything that my ex says w/ a grain of salt) is that he thinks that she isn't really his bio DD--he thinks that his former wife (who died, so he can't ask her) had an affair.

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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 12:06pm

I was looking at the most recent Oprah magazine and there was some similar type of question to Dr. Phil.

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 12:59pm
Judge Judy was on Suze Orman one time and her and her DH do "yours, mine, and ours." She said when you have children from a previous marriage it is just best. As she said, what fun is it for your DH to buy you a present and see the money come out of your joint account.

That may not be the best overall example, but her perspective, regardless.

I think the main thing is that there are still joint goals. Such as saving for vacation, or what have you. Each spouse then does have the right to choose how much of their own paycheck they put towards that goal.

I think if me and SO do marry, we may put eachothers name on the accounts simply as a signature in case of emergency or death, but still essentially continue on with our own accounts.

When my GF got married they put her on his main checking account, and even though all of their children are grown, no CS, he makes a ton more than she does and it is causing a lot of problems. He was just single for too long and he is not adjusting to it well, at all. He questions every dollar she spends, even though she deposits her paycheck into the same account. It is just a mess.

We are having similar struggles with DSS17. On a smaller scale, and he is going to school everyday, but boy it is hard. My thoughts have always been that you need to love and accept your children exactly the way they are, but that does not mean you have to allow bad and potentially illegal behvior in your home. And THAT is where the termoil lays. Sigh...
Serenity
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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 2:21pm

that sounds familiar, my ex always accused me of having an affair and our blond haired blue eyed son not being his. When someone gets that in their head, and they want to be that suspicious, there is not a darn thing yiu can say or do about it.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 4:30pm

I used to feel that way about gifts too esp. since sometimes my ex would use his debit card so even before Christmas I would see money coming out of the acct, like a charge for Victorias Secret or something that I knew I didn't make--he could at least have used cash.

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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 5:06pm

Laurena,

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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 5:32pm

Dee,