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Relationships and money

Three things

Listen as Dave addresses research findings on marriage versus co-habitation, and their effects on financial stability.

Taking responsibility

Anne Marie and her husband are on Baby Step 2. Recently, her mother-in-law informed them she had taken out a Parent PLUS Loan years ago to help her son with college. Now, she wants them to take responsibility for paying back the loan. Listen as Dave and his in-studio guest, Anthony ONeal, discuss the situation.

You need actions, not words

Tessa's husband says he's onboard with the idea of paying off debt and getting control of their finances, but his actions tell a different story.

Make sure it's a gift

Isaac's parents have offered to help him financially. Dave doesn't have a problem with this, as long as a couple of conditions are met.

A burden to help?

Robbie asks if the adult children of healthy senior citizens, who failed to plan for retirement, have an obligation to help the parents financially. Dave offers some guidelines, while suggesting there may be a bigger question in the mix.

Listen to your heart

Julie's estranged father died recently. Her uncles didn't request money, but they asked if she wanted to be part of things by paying part of his final expenses. Julie wonders if she has an obligation to help. Dave tells her to follow her heart.

Arrested development

Listen as Dave addresses a recent news story about the parents who had to sue their 30-year-old son to get him out of the house.

Two extremes

Alan's mom has a big problem, and he's not sure how to handle things. Dave talks Alan through a tough situation involving theft and a family member.

Renting to family

Katherine wonders if it's a bad idea to rent to family members. Dave says these situations can work out well, provided both parties understand the business relationship in advance.

Control freaks

Dave addresses the correlation between extreme levels of financial control and domestic violence in relationships. This is a must-listen.