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Mother-in-Law: fiend or foe? I mean frie...

Mother-in-Law: fiend or foe? I mean friend. Friend or foe?

One of the most complicated relationships that comes along with a new marriage is that of the wife and her mother-in-law. Sure, there are some over-the-top examples of how tough this can be on TV and on screen: Everybody Loves Raymond and Monster-in-Law are the first to jump into my brain. And while most of us are lucky enough to escape such a stereotypical relationship with our own...

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

When Jim and I first married, I kept a lot of tallies. I felt like I was doing a lot of work and if my new husband left a pair of dirty socks on the floor that I had to clean up, I felt like a put-upon Cinderella. Jim didn’t know it, but he and I were embroiled in a competition over who did the most around the apartment. I had an idea that I was doing so much more to keep the...

Where are all these marriage tax breaks ...

Where are all these marriage tax breaks I keep hearing about?

I am working on our taxes. It’s my job in our relationship to deal with this. I’m not sure how or why it evolved this way, but it did, and it’s ok since Jim deals with tons of our other financial stuff. It’s pretty last minute for me to be so close to the April 15th deadline without having filed my paperwork. I’m a little sick over it. Not just the tardiness, but the glowing,...