Surprising Lessons about Financial Health from the Very Wealthy

100dollarheartwithcoinsMoney is one of the most evocative aspects of our lives. Having spent over ten years working with wealthy families, I can assure you that “financial health” has very little to do with how much money we have. What matters most is being emotionally intelligent.

 

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Prenuptial Agreements, Part 2: Common Prenup Mistakes to Avoid

Beware! If you believe you’ve already figured out what you will do in case you divorce…there are many things you may not have considered or realized are important to discuss before you sign your prenup. Learning what you "don’t know that you don’t know" is essential, and how you go about it can either strengthen or derail your relationship!

In this second part of a conversation with Erik Newton -- former family law attorney and current publisher and producer of Together Magazine and Podcast– we discuss:

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Best Kept Secret: PreNups Strengthen Second (or Third) Marriages

[Note: This article first appeared in Emily Bouchard's "On the Money" column in StepMom Magazine]

How well a couple communicates when there’s conflict is the key indicator as to whether or not they will stay together for the long run.  Since conflict about money is often cited as a leading cause for divorce, knowing how to talk about money successfully is one of the most important skills a couple can develop.  Turns out that navigating the questions relevant to pre-nuptial agreements – questions related to what happens with your assets and debts before, during and after you are married -- is a great way to build those skills.

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