marriage

Cut Wedding Costs With the Help of Friends, Family

In 2009, just over two million American couples pledged their eternal troth to each other, and spent more than $40 billion doing it. If the average $24,000 cost of a wedding feels steep to you, consider saving some cash and making the day even more special by getting friends and family involved.

Five Tips on Planning a Prenup Before You Say 'I Do'

Modern couples are bringing more assets into their marriages -- and more liabilities too including credit card debt, student loans and mortgages. It may be unromantic, and the subject is fraught with emotional peril, but it's worth discussing: Should you consider a prenuptial agreement?

Heading for a Divorce? Tally and Appraise Your Assets

Except for child custody matters, dealing with the division of assets is always the main area of stress during divorce proceedings. But you can take concrete steps that will take at least some of the pain out of the process, as Part Two of our series explains.

Heading for a Divorce? First, Get Your Finances in Order

Even in a "friendly" divorce, both parties must make sure they're doing everything possible to protect their financial futures. But people in the midst of a divorce often don't know where to start. In this three-part series, we'll take you through the five key steps. Here's Part One.

Another Victim of the Great Recession: Child Support Payments

These payments fell in 2009 for first time in the U.S. in more than three decades, and while the official government report for fiscal 2010 won't be out for months, it's likely that it, too, saw that downward trend continue. Stubbornly high unemployment is the primary culprit.

New study says divorce is contagious

Divorce is contagious and can spread through family, friends and coworkers, a new study shows. The study from three universities shows that people...

Heavy Student Loans Put a Damper on Family Life

It's a sad truth: Debt forces people into choices they'd rather not make. A survey conducted by Sallie Mae subsidiary Nellie Mae found that 21% of student borrowers had delayed having children because of their loans, and 14% delayed getting married because of their student debt loads.

Long working hours good for marriages

Think working long hours is bad for your marriage? Think again. According to a new study out of Australia, working long hours may help prolong a...

And the Gay Tax is? $1,820 per year

NPR contributor Nancy Goldstein has calculated the "gay tax" -- the amount gay couples must spend to receive the same services that married...