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Old 05-10-2013, 09:58 PM   #81
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Married 55 years. General observation - Marriage is a good deal.

Four Children @ $389,670 each birth to age 18 = $1,558,680.00 ... and that doesn't include college. Good deal?... Maybe not so much.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_raising_a_child

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:59 PM   #82
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In a nutshell, the marriage penalty is like almost every other program the government has. It is based on the ability to pay.
CJ - It actually was to PROMOTE marriage (the assumption, of course, back in the day was that the wife did not work outside the home). It was designed to reduce the tax burden for a man who assumed the duty of providing for a wife and family. (If there were two men, one married the other single, same income, the married guy paid less)

Of course, society has changed and now it is producing unintended results.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #83
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Allow me to rant and be politically incorrect for a minute. ...
Now that I've accumulated a pile of money and am looking towards at ER, I'm pretty wary of marriage. Unfortunately, a pre-nup would be necessary.

However, having a close, intimate relationship with another person does not mean you have to be married to them. For some people, the closeness comes easier without marriage (I think I'm one of those people). Our culture holds up marriage as an ideal, but that doesn't mean you have to go along with the program. Personally I like the idea of a girlfriend who lives in a separate house much better than a live-in wife.
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Now that I've accumulated a pile of money and am looking towards at ER, I'm pretty wary of marriage. Unfortunately, a pre-nup would be necessary.

However, having a close, intimate relationship with another person does not mean you have to be married to them. For some people, the closeness comes easier without marriage (I think I'm one of those people). Our culture holds up marriage as an ideal, but that doesn't mean you have to go along with the program. Personally I like the idea of a girlfriend who lives in a separate house much better than a live-in wife.
Frank and I have that sort of arrangement. It is not for everybody, but for us it has been working beautifully for the past 13+ years.
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Personally I like the idea of a girlfriend who lives in a separate house much better than a live-in wife.
I am also of this mind.

Some would say this is doubling of expenses; but, in my current situation, that would definitely not be the case. My place could easily be a very small apartment, rarely run A/C, no cable TV, simpler foods, etc. I have lived like this and really enjoyed the experience. For me, few things beat having my own place.
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