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Thriving as a Newlywed in Later Life

When it comes to newlyweds, most people envision young couples just starting their adult lives together. However, for many seniors, the idea of tying the knot later in life is now becoming more and more common. If you’re getting married after age 55, you may have an entirely different set of considerations and goals than younger newlyweds. Here are some time-tested tips to help you navigate this exciting new chapter in your life.


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Establish a Financial Plan


The first step to thriving as a newlywed later in life is to establish a financial plan that both partners can agree on. This process involves understanding current assets, debts, and budgets of both individuals so that everyone can be on the same page. Plan for the future by discussing short-term and long-term goals and strategies. Among other things, this will include looking at investments and ways to save for retirement, as well as planning a budget-friendly wedding


Talk About Living Arrangements


If either partner has children from a previous marriage, discuss how they will be involved in the marriage and living arrangements. Do you want them included in the wedding? Will they be part of your daily lives? How much time do you intend to spend with them? How do you want holidays to be spent?


Search for a New Home


If you’d like a change of scenery without all the stress and hassle that goes with buying and maintaining a home, you might want to consider renting. There are plenty of options out there, as well – including 63 just in Palo Alto – so you can afford to be choosy. In addition to rental prices, check amenities and neighborhoods to find the perfect match for your needs and wishes. There are many communities that consist of exclusevely 55 and older residents if that is your preference.


Update Your Chosen Home


Seeking a new home together? Invest in one that will pay off down the road. Consider your current and future options, from opting to upgrade an existing home owned by either partner or acquiring something new. Whatever you choose, enhance its resale value with improvements like energy-efficient upgrades and bathroom remodels for maximum worth when it comes time to sell.


Consider Assisted Living


Care facilities have come a long way. In fact, if staying at home is becoming increasingly difficult, this can be an excellent option that greatly improves quality of life. The first step, though, is to check out your local care facilities and feel free to ask plenty of questions. Don’t just look into prices; ask about the types of care, as well. Also, check online reviews. There are likely plenty of options in your area so be picky. You’ve earned it!


Go Into Business Together


As senior couples entering newlywed life later in life, starting a business together can be a great way to share the workload. This can also help you reduce stress while improving your finances. Before entering into this exciting endeavor, couples must consider taking precautionary legal steps and consider setting up a detailed management structure. Working together will help senior couples grow stronger relationships as they transition into their new journey as newlyweds.


Write a business plan that will help identify and clarify goals, provide a budgeting structure, and guide you toward financial success. Developing a plan in advance can spell the difference between flourishing or just getting by. For newlyweds beginning their journey late in life, having a plan that is well-laid-out and precise means developing financial security for years to come. With rules changing constantly about what is or isn't deductible for tax purposes, it's essential to make sure you fully understand how those rules apply to your business so that you don't get any unwelcome surprises come tax time. 


Developing a marketing plan is also key to a successful business. Investing in a website and advertising via social media are essential, but it also helps to have a brand logo to help you stand out from the competition. By combining your business name with sharp-looking graphics, you can create a picture worth a thousand words, then share your image via social media to help raise awareness. 


Secure Your Life Together


Take the time to love each other and safeguard your health. Talk about acquiring comprehensive insurance coverage for both of you so that, regardless of life's unpredictability – whether it be a job transition or an unexpected illness – you are always fully protected. Ensure your estate plan is updated often, thereby avoiding any unpleasant surprises when it matters most.


Navigating newlywed life as an older couple can feel strange, but it doesn't have to be! With careful consideration about finances, living arrangements, healthcare coverage, estate planning, and even starting a business venture together, you can thrive as newlyweds while taking advantage of all that this new stage brings.


If you need support in the life changes as an older newlywed, consider coaching withJessica Hernandez.


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