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Joint or Separate Finances for a Second Marriage?

I am getting remarried. My ex and I had a lot of money problems that I do not wish to repeat the second time around. One of our most frequent fights was about who was spending what out of our joint checking account. I'd like to know how others handled their finances in their second marriage. I am wondering if keeping separate checking accounts might result in fewer arguments about a spouse's spending habits. And what about joint credit cards and loans? It was a lot to untangle after my first marriage ended. Is keeping finances separate a smarter way to go the second time?
Valerie

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Affordable, Effective Medical Alert Systems

Would you ask your readers about medical alert systems they might have used? There does not seem to be a lot of comparison info out there. Consumer Reports has some. AARP has some. It would be intersting to get people's experiences with them both in effectiveness and costs.
Mary

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