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Why a prenup is wise if you bring assets or debt into marriage

If you're engaged, chances are that you've gotten differing views from family, friends and colleagues on whether or not you should get a prenuptial agreement. Some people may argue that you need to protect yourself and your assets should the marriage end in divorce. Others may contend that getting a prenup can damage a couple's trust in each other.

Proposed tax plan would eliminate alimony deduction

If you're contemplating divorce or in the midst of one, you've likely heard that the tax bill that's currently being considered in Congress includes a provision to eliminate the tax deduction for people who pay alimony. Further, alimony would no longer be taxed as income for those who receive it.

Think an adoption agency will turn you down? Think again

Some people who want to adopt a child rule themselves out before they even consult an adoption agency. However, factors that too many people assume disqualify them from becoming adoptive parents aren't always deal-breakers. We'll look at four of those here — and the reality

Collecting spousal Social Security benefits after divorce

If, like an increasing number of baby boomers, you and your spouse are divorcing, you'll be relieved to know that you can still claim Social Security spousal benefits. In fact, doing so can actually help you put off claiming your own Social Security benefits until full retirement age, letting the amount you're ultimately entitled to increase. For people who were born between the in the years 1943 and 1954, Social Security's full retirement age is 66 years old.

Your relationship with your ex after divorce

The relationship you have with your ex after the divorce proceedings go through is never something smooth and natural; it requires significant work from both sides as well as good intentions. But putting in the effort from the start can mean great success when it comes to making decisions together and raising your children.

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