What Every Woman Should Know About Her Husband's Money

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Now revised and updated in trade paper, Shelby White's advice on pooled incomes, shared investments, divorce settlements, wills, and other money matters is essential reading for any woman concerned about her financial well-being.

Now revised and updated in trade paper, Shelby White's advice on pooled incomes, shared investments, divorce settlements, wills, and other money matters is essential reading for any woman concerned about ...

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Overview

Now revised and updated in trade paper, Shelby White's advice on pooled incomes, shared investments, divorce settlements, wills, and other money matters is essential reading for any woman concerned about her financial well-being.

Now revised and updated in trade paper, Shelby White's advice on pooled incomes, shared investments, divorce settlements, wills, and other money matters is essential reading for any woman concerned about her financial well-being.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Charging that despite changes in marriage, divorce and inheritance laws, the U.S. legal system still favors men, and that many divorcees and widows are largely unprepared to manage legal and money matters, freelance financial journalist White offers an eminently practical manual to help women avoid financial disaster--whether they are wage earners or full-time homemakers, with or without children. A woman, she stresses, regardless of earnings, should constitute an equal economic partner and decision maker in a marriage. The author provides guidelines on managing assets and assessing expenses, especially taxes, which, she notes, reveal much about a husband's financial means. White favors prenuptial contracts and ``divorce battle plans'' covering alimony or maintenance, child support, custody and remarriage. Couples, she advises, should have wills--and trusts if indicated--as well as disability insurance and provisions for retirement. First serial to Redbook, Smart Money and Self; BOMC alternate; author tour. (Dec.)
Library Journal
``As much as possible'' is financial journalist White's short answer to the title question. Her book-length explanation ranges over divorce (which dominates over half of the book), prenuptial agreements, retirement, wills, trusts, and taxes. Special notice is taken of how differences between community property and common law states affect women. Cautionaries and problem examples from middle- and upper-income family life are plentiful, but examples and solutions are often shallow or confusing. Similar material is better covered elsewhere, for example, in Frances Leonard's Women and Money at 40: The Independent Woman's Guide to Financial Security for Life (Addison-Wesley, 1991). Despite the publisher's hype, the book's repetitious and poorly organized text make it a questionable acquisition.-- Justine Roberts, Mill Valley, Cal.
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
Many women are content to let their husbands manage the financial affairs. This is dangerous for several reasons. For one, if a spouse dies or a couple gets divorced, it is likely that the woman will suffer a significant decrease in her standard of living, especially if there are children. Also, the added burden of having to suddenly sort through and manage finances when you've never done it before can be a nightmare, and you may be in for some very unpleasant suprises. This book shows common financial mistakes made by married women and gives you the planning tools to avoid them. In too many situations state laws regarding property ownership and financial obligations still favor men. Explained here in lucid terms is what you need to know about state laws regarding community and common property, prenuptual agreements, divorce, alimony, child support, retirement and wills. An excellent resource for all married women.
—Ilene Rosoff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595003013
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,415,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Marriage Is Not an Equal Opportunity 3
2 I Do, I Do 15
3 Marriage, Inc. 30
4 "Honey, Just Sign Here" 48
5 Coming Apart 67
6 If You Thought Marriage Was Bad, Wait Until You Try Divorce 87
7 Retirement? For Whom? 119
8 Will Power: The American Way of Leaving 161
9 Cinderella Revised: The Rights of Children 200
10 What's It Worth? 213
11 1040 221
Afterword 233
Notes 237
Bibliography 245
Acknowledgments 253
Index 255
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