Tag: Marriage/Divorce

My stepdaughter, 42, hits up her father for $1,000 on a regular basis. It comes out of our joint savings account. How can I stop this?

Dear Quentin, I have a 42-year-old stepdaughter who lives with her 33-year-old fiancé on the West Coast. We live in middle America. She has never...

My husband and I live in his late father’s house. He threatens divorce — and says I’ll end up homeless

Dear Quentin, I have been married to my husband for four years. Unfortunately, five months after our wedding, my father-in-law passed away. We were/are both...

I’m 57 and my new husband is 80. I’m not on the deed of his house. Instead, he gave me a credit card with a $1,000 spending limit

Dear Quentin, I am writing to you in desperation. I have no regular income weekly or monthly. I recently married my second husband. He has...

A wealthy client gifted me $75,000 to help save my business. Her circumstances have changed — now she wants it back

I have (or, I should say, “had”) a wealthy benefactress who gave me money six years ago as a gift. Now her financial situation has...

My partner’s dad owns the home we live in. He stopped collecting rent during COVID — but I’m still paying

Four years ago, my husband and I divorced. It became a volatile situation in the end, so I moved my daughter and myself into a...

‘He has told me he is waiting for her to die’: Can I stop my stepmother inheriting my father’s estate?

I am very close to my father, but not my stepmother. They have been married for 21 years. It is an unhappy marriage. My father...

My husband purchased his mother’s $500K home. His siblings called me a ‘gold digger.’ Now he wants to use my inheritance for renovations

I have a situation that needs unbiased direction regarding inheritance, marital living arrangements, and aging in place. My husband and I are both in our...

My boyfriend earns $230,000. I’m in law school and make nothing. He wants a prenup. Is this a dealbreaker?

Dear Quentin, My boyfriend recently made a jump in his career and makes around $230,000 a year. I am in my last year of law...

My husband and I are divorcing. I brought $35K into the marriage. He wants me to subtract that money from our home’s equity. I say split the equity first

Dear Quentin, My husband and I are divorcing, and we live in Minnesota.  I came into the marriage with $35,000 from the sale of my...

My girlfriend has $20 million. I’m worth $1 million. Should she pay for big-ticket items like her engagement ring and our honeymoon?

My girlfriend has a net worth of around $20 million and, well, let’s just say I don’t. Luckily for me, she truly loves me and...

I will not leave my house to my boyfriend in my will. I don’t want his daughters, who hate me, to profit

Dear Quentin, I have been living with my boyfriend for five years. When I met him he was separated from his wife and they later...

Love and money: How your relationship with your spouse and your finances are connected

Weddings and marriage are top of mind for me these days. A few weeks ago, my niece was married, and in another two months, my...

‘Marriage sure does make love suck’: My fiancée wants a big, expensive wedding — we had agreed to spend $15K tops

Dear Quentin, My fiancée and I are currently in the process of planning a wedding and reassessing where we’d like to buy a house. She...

My father disowned me after divorcing my mother, and left my sister everything. Should I keep asking her to split his estate with me?

My father passed away after a long battle of cancer, and left everything to my sister. My father and I never had a bad relationship,...

I’m a disabled police officer. My wife persuaded me to sign quit-claim deed so she could refinance our home at a better rate. Now she’s hinting at divorce

I have been married for almost thirty years. I worked the first nine years of our marriage, I was a police officer, and became disabled....

I’m 63 years old, recently divorced with $130,000 in debt. How will I ever retire?

I am 63 years old and recently divorced. I earn $68,000 a year and had always planned to retire when I reach my Full Retirement...

‘I vow to fight for full custody of my kids’: I married my wife THRICE to bring her to the U.S. — she surprised me with divorce

Right now, I am in “surprised mode” after my wife suddenly filed for divorce without even talking to me. Even my mother-in-law, who is living...

My wife’s father left her a home and money in a trust. This subsidizes our lifestyle. What happens to me if she dies?

Dear Quentin, I live in Pennsylvania. Four years ago, my father-in-law died, leaving a trust for my wife and her two sisters. They each received...

‘I cut his hair because he won’t pay for a haircut’: My multimillionaire husband is 90. I’ve looked after him for 41 years, but he won’t help my son

My husband and I are both on our second marriage, and we have been married for 41 years. He has three sons from his previous...

Our best friends share our pandemic pod, but their spending is out of control. What can we do to help?

We have family friends that we’ve known since before we had kids several years ago. Since then we’ve gotten pregnant at the same time, weathered...

My father’s divorce decree says his kids will inherit his house — but he later put it in a trust for his third wife. Which one wins out?

My father and mother divorced about 40 years ago. My father moved out and purchased a home that is now worth approximately $900,000. The divorce...

‘My husband told me that my $1,400 stimulus check will be spent on aluminum siding on our home.’ What can I do?

I am one of very few women in this country dreading the most recent stimulus check. As soon as I heard the stimulus bill passed,...

‘I want to hurt him the same way he hurt me’: My husband sprung a prenup on me 3 days before our wedding. Now I’m starting my own business and want to amend it

Dear Quentin, I was married just over 2 years ago and I have been in the same relationship for more than 10 years. We have...

‘She is a financial idiot and partier’: I loaned my sister $4,780 for a lawyer during her divorce. I am still chasing repayments

Two years ago, my sister called me from a divorce-settlement meeting without a lawyer. Her soon-to-be ex-spouse had a lawyer there. She was being pressured...

‘My husband has burned through all of our finances. If we divorce, I don’t want him to get one penny.’ How can I protect myself?

Dear Quentin, I live in New Jersey, which is a community property state. My husband and I have had a very rocky relationship and are...