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In the last few months, several of my acquaintances announced that they are breaking up. In many cases, this break up is taking the form of divorce. When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of ... Read More about Beyond the Money: What Else to Think About During Divorce
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Traffic violations are frustrating because they are almost always an avoidable expense. How much of an expense varies. It’s almost impossible to determine the exact cost of any traffic violation. But ... Read More about What are the Most Expensive Traffic Violations?