They may be nearing retirement age and so there is likely to be a focus upon their pension provision and capital security as they will have fewer 'working years' in which to build up savings.The court may feel a wife or husband in his or her fifties or sixties, who has been a homemaker since marriage, is unlikely to find work to support him- or herself after the split.But some people relinquish all financial control to their new spouse when they say “I do” — a move that could prove harmful if it means losing awareness of household money matters. But if your husband or wife has managed all the household money, the stress of divorce or death is compounded if you have to piece together your finances in the aftermath.Income and expenses, details of where the savings, investments and debt are held, and the amount of each item — these are all crucial bits of information that spouses are better off sharing with each other, even if one takes a more active role in managing it all.
Dear Liz: I’m 58 and got married for the first time almost two years ago.
Needless to say, I was shocked and dismayed to discover this debt and wish she had shared it with me earlier.
We have looked into consolidating the loans into the U. Department of Education’s student debt relief program, which creates a monthly payment program based on income and forgives the remaining balance after 25 years. The long duration of monthly payments would be a big struggle and, after 25 years, we would have paid nearly ,000 over the current principal even with the outstanding balance being forgiven.
Some people are attracted to partners with opposite money management styles, according to Klontz.
Someone who doesn’t like dealing with finances, for example, may be attracted to the “perceived stability and prudence” of a partner who does, he says.