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Dave Says Husband Should be a Man

bigpinch2 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 11:12 AM
My wife and I married 33 years ago. She was 20 years my senior and had come from a family business back ground and was an entrepreneur. My financial life was a shambles and I was pretty wild. Over time, I realized the financial responsibility imbalance in the relationship and set about correcting it. For the last decade, I have been managing the household, paying the taxes, and earning at least half of the income. I can see that if I had been more of a "man," earlier, focused on a traditional relationship and career, we might have more money, today. But, we own our house and property, outright, have a little savings, and, other than my college loan, we have no debt. All thanks to a merciful God.

Dear Dave,

My daughter died. She was 32 years old and single, and she had lived with me for the last few years because she was recently disabled. I did not support her financially, and when she died she had no assets and no will. Is it my responsibility to pay the student loans and medical bills she left behind?


Dear Jim,

I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this kind of grief. Losing a child is a heartbreaking experience, no matter their age.

The short answer is this: If you didn’t sign for it, you’re not liable. If a friend were...