Divorce Can Complicate Social Security Claims

Consider this:

Roughly half of the people who get married in the United States will end up divorced. And Social Security is the primary source of income for 72% of unmarried retirees, many of whom are single because they’re divorced.

Unfortunately, few financial advisors put those two facts together and focus on how divorce, as well as re-marriage, can affect retirement planning, said Rob Kron, head of advisor education initiatives at the New York-based investment firm BlackRock.

Click here to read the entire article from the Los Angeles Times.


Together, We Can Improve Lives

We posted earlier this month that April is Autism Awareness Month.  The Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 to $5 million, however early diagnosis and intervention can significantly cut these costs.  Join us in spreading awareness about autism and the unique challenges faced by families.  Jeff Sell, Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel at the Autism Society, writes a moving and informative piece about how we can join together to improve the lives of those affected by autism.  Read more about how you can help here.


Making Room For Mom and Dad

The extended family is making a comeback—and presenting new financial opportunities and challenges for those willing to share living arrangements.

In 2008, a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1% of the population, lived in households with at least two adult generations or a grandparent plus one other generation, according to the nonprofit Pew Research Center in Washington. That is up 17% from 2000.  From the WALL STREET JOURNAL – For the entire article click here


April is National Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of National Autism Awareness month, the Autism Society is launching several awareness activities this month. National Autism Awareness month was established in the 1970s to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism.

April is a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. With 1 in 110 Americans now being diagnosed, the need for services and supports is greater than ever.  Find out how you can raise awareness here.