Adam Kuśmierz /

Not too long ago someone wrote to me asking me to answer a question in a financial column I write.

The question is too just good to not repeat, so here it is verbatum…

“I have been married to my ex wife for 6 1/2 years. We still live together but we are not married. Is she entitled to survivor benefits? We are now 16+ years and we have had kids after our divorce. Please explain.”

Neil Moralee /

You’re married and you handle the money in your family. Your spouse likes it that way, as money has just never been their thing.

But lately, things have gotten out of hand. Your finances are in trouble,

Should you keep your partner in the dark?


And as much as you hate the thought, you don’t want to keep him in the dark any longer. It isn’t helping him and I’m sure it isn’t helping you.

philsixcoins /

I recently read a book about air safety that reminded me of married money. See if you agree.

In his book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell describes a problem Korean Air had with an excessive number of fatal crashes in the 1980s and 90s. During that period, their “loss rate” was 17 times higher than their American counterparts. By 1999, Gladwell reports that Delta Air Lines and Air France suspended their flying partnership with Korean Air over the issue.

Jay/ /

 Louisiana will have a minimum marriage age of 16 starting in August, under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The hard-fought measure by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb, a Baton Rouge Democrat, was passed in the final hour of the legislative session earlier this month. Edwards signed the legislation without fanfare.

Three Nigerian nationals living in Grambling and Texas have pleaded guilty Monday to roles in a scheme aimed at obtaining permanent residency illegally.

bluepoint951 / /

A Senate bill that requires juveniles to wait until they are 18 before getting married cleared committee today. Current law allows kids to get married with their parents consent as early as 12 years old. Ginger LeCompte is with Women United she says 70 percent of child marriages don’t last and it puts young people in a bad spot.


LeCompte says it just makes sense to mandate that kids wait until they are 18 to get married.


Mark Johnson / /

A bill to shorten the waiting period for getting married has advanced to the House floor. The legislation by Carencro Representative Julie Emerson would reduce the wait time from the time paperwork is filed to officially hitched to 24 hours from the current 72. Emerson says Louisiana has an abnormally long wait time.


Emerson says that Louisiana was an "outlier" compared to other states. 


dingbat2005 / /

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A team of attorneys is seeking nearly $400,000 in fees and costs after successfully challenging a Louisiana law that blocked foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married if they couldn't produce a birth certificate.

 In a court filing Tuesday, the attorneys asked a federal judge to award them nearly $387,000 in fees and more than $11,800 in costs for their work on the case. Lawyers for the state and three parish clerks didn't immediately respond to the request. Occhialini /

Viet Anh Vo is a U.S. citizen who's lived in Louisiana since he was an infant, but he says in court papers he's unable to get a marriage license under a 2015 state law that, he argues, discriminates against the foreign-born.


A federal judge in New Orleans will hear the case Wednesday.