Questions tagged [family]

For questions relating to personal finance issues within families, e.g. parental benefits, marital finances, cost-sharing, etc.

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What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?

What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?
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Adult sibling - dependant or tenant?

My spouse and I own our house (about a decade or so left on the mortgage, will be paid off early). My sibling lives nearby, renting an apartment. Rent is rather high in this area, and we've talked ...
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Should you co-sign a personal loan for a friend/family member? Why/why not?

I know someone who was recently asked to co-sign a hefty loan by a family member. I don't know what I'd do if I was put in the same position as the one asked. What are the risks? What are things to ...
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Where can I find an example of a really basic family budget?

It's about time that I took my family's finances seriously and built a budget. I'd rather not start from scratch, and am thinking, "surely, I can benefit from someone else's work?" - can someone ...
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How to deal with variable income in the budget

We have a budget planned out for various categories, and in order to make ends meet we count on child support for my wife's child from a previous marriage. However, lately we have not been receiving ...
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Should a sibling pay rent to another sibling on a jointly owned house?

My sister and I own our parents' home. In July 2000, our mother became unable to live on her own. My sister and her husband didn't want to move in because the house was too small and too old. They ...
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If I pay someone else's property taxes, can I use it as a deduction on my income tax return?

I'm planning on paying the property taxes of a home my mother-in-law owns. She owns the house, but I live there. As part of the bargain, I agreed to pay the property taxes. If I write the check ...
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How to fairly divide a jointly owned house (not with a spouse)?

So I am looking at buying a house jointly with my cousin. I have a higher income and better career prospects, they have a larger proportion of the deposit. Neither of us would be able to break into ...
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Why do people take out life insurance on their children? Should I take out a policy on my child?

I've always found those flyers that the schools send home in September contemptible. But maybe I'm the one in the dark...? If the purpose of life insurance is to replace a wage-earner's income in ...
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What do you do when a family member won't pay you back?

What do you do when a family member won't pay you back?
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Where/Who do I have to notice the family status (after marriage) change to in Germany?

I live in Germany, and I have recently gotten married. Since this change affects my income taxes - I need to notify Finanzamt (tax office). Do I do it by some letter or by coming in and filling in ...
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Opening account for family in my name

Sibling of mine asked me to open an bank account for her in my name. She wants to fill it with her savings and use it on day-to-day basis with a debit card. I have a strong feeling this could ...