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Taking pictures and videos at your child’s school Nativity Play – the law explained.

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I was talking about how things have changed since my kids were at school around taking photos and videos of your children in their Christmas Nativity Play, Carol Concert or Christmas Performances on TalkRADIO recently so I thought I’d give you the heads up thanks to TeessideLive.
It’s that time of year when every parent enjoys watching their little ones perform in the school nativity play.
But while many proud parents want to snap away (more...)

Five Questions You Need to Answer If You’re Thinking of Moving After You Retire

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Many people decide to move when they retire to save money on living expenses, be closer to family, enjoy better weather, or to finally fulfill their dream of living in an exotic locale. But choosing where to live means more than deciding whether you prefer sand or trees.
In fact, many people make their biggest retirement mistakes when deciding where to live. Moving can be very expensive…especially if you decide one year in that this isn&(more...)

Do I Have to Claim Child Support Income on My Taxes?

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Question:
Last year my divorce with my husband became final and he started paying me child support for our two daughters. I’m going back to school, and the child support and alimony make up a lot of the money I get (I also work part-time). This is the first year I’m filing my taxes as a single since we got married. Do I have to claim the child support as income? Will I end up (more...)

Understanding Social Security Survivor Benefits After Divorce

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Here at WIFE, we have written several articles about the huge Social Security benefits women can receive if they were married to their husbands for at least ten years before their divorce. When you reach retirement age, you are eligible to receive benefits equivalent to 50% of your ex-husband’s Social Security benefits if that amount is greater than what you would otherwise receive. This can be extremely helpful for women who do not qualify for much Social (more...)

Three Credit Card Tricks to Help During the Holidays

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Want to hear the most obvious statement in the universe? Credit card companies want you to sign up for their credit cards. Yep, we said it was obvious. In fact, credit card companies want your business so bad, that they are often willing to shell out some nice rewards right out of the gate in exchange for your business.
Want to hear another obvious statement? The holidays are expensive!
According to a survey by the American Research Group, shoppers (more...)

Financial Advice For Single Moms…Actually For ALL Moms

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In this week’s Love Essentially, I feature Emma Johnson, author and founder of Wealthy Single Mommy, who offers financial advice for single moms. But actually, the advice is great for all moms–all women, in fact!
Advice for women intimidated by money and finances, from a ‘Wealthy Single Mommy’
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
Terrified is the word Emma Johnson used to describe how she felt eight years ago as a (more...)

Is it Wise to Fire My Family Law Attorney Before an Upcoming Hearing?

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Divorce is a very difficult process. However, it can be even harder if the client-attorney relationship is suffering. There are many reasons why a client may want to fire their family law attorney. Some of the reasons are valid while some reasons can be from miscommunication or differing expectations. 
Regardless of the reasons, there is important information to consider before firing your attorney and issues you definitely want to watch out for in your case.
Identify the Issue
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Does Child Support Change When Child Custody Changes?

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When a child custody modification is ordered, most likely the parent that now has more custody time with the child will require additional child support to be paid to them each month by the other parent.
However, before we come to that conclusion, it is important to understand how your child support attorney will help you receive the financial support you need if you take on additional custodial responsibility of your child.
Modification Requirement
As with many motions that (more...)

Overcoming a spending addiction

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 Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play   I love me some Lauren Greutman! This Syracuse, New York married mom of four was living the American dream … 3,500 square-foot custom house, two luxury cars parked in the driveway, new furniture, dinners out … and $40,000 in credit card debt. Fast…
The post Overcoming a (more...)

What is Emotional Freedom Technique or “Tapping”?

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What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique  is the new therapy for the 21st century as it is a very safe way to get rid of anxiety, stress, and feelings of guilt and overwhelm that lots of parents suffer from.
It is based on tapping different Chinese meridian lines with your fingers – and you’ve probably heard lots of people talking about tapping their problems away.
You may have seen Paul McKenna on British television demonstrating how (more...)