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Insurance Basics for the Newly Married Typically, an unmarried person has only minimal insurance coverage; even that is often limited to what is mandatory, such as auto insurance for purposes of legal driving. The whole picture changes once you get married. You need to be responsible for another person. There is a spouse now and a family that will grow and hence you should reconsider your insurance cover.

Even if both spouses are working, the loss of a car, a home or one income could be catastrophic. Of course, with two people involved, the risk of sickness or injury becomes much greater, no matter how healthy you are. For all these reasons and more, it becomes critical to consider the right insurance coverage in order to protect your future with your partner. The four main areas of insurance that you should act on as soon as you get married are the following. 1 Life Insurance You didn’t need life insurance when you were single, with no dependents to support. Now, post marriage, should you die, your spouse could be in serious financial difficulties, if your life insurance is not enough. For example, the sudden loss of income could cause a financial disaster because:  both incomes are needed to pay bills  one income is not enough to cover the mortgage payment  debts and liabilities are there to be dealt with. Life insurance will provide crucial financial security for the surviving spouse. 2 Health Insurance Generally, there is a fixed period each year, when you can buy or change health insurance. It’s called ’open enrollment’. However, when you get married you are usually entitled to buy health insurance even if it is not ’open enrollment’ time.


The rule is that you should have 60 days to enter into a new individual health plan, or 30 days during which you can become part of your spouse’s employerbased health insurance plan. Examine how satisfied you are with the policies you both have and the costs involved. If you find that both are satisfactory, you could continue with separate health plans. However, in many cases, both spouses being on the same policy may be more economical and helpful in reaching sooner your annual deductible. 3 Homeowners and Renters Insurance Presume that your spouse and you both had individual renters or home insurance coverage before you got married. Now that you are married and going to live together, one of the two policies can be canceled. The retained policy will cover both spouses but the insurance company must be kept informed so that the spouse’s name can be added to the policy. 4 Auto Insurance In a similar way, compare the individual car insurance policies you both had before marriage to find which one offers the best rates. Also, check out other insurance companies for better options available for the two of you. Any new policy must be effective from the day an old policy ends. If this is not done, future insurance costs could be higher. Look for discounts that may be available with a multicar policy or a bundled car and homeowners policy. Life after marriage is very different from that before. It is essential to understand the nuances of the insurance needs of a single person and those of a couple. It is even more essential to plan and cover your obligations and liabilities. Do seek the guidance, at the earliest, of an experienced insurance professional; arrive at the right kind of protection you need at the right cost.

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Insurance basics for the newly married  

Typically, an unmarried person has only minimal insurance coverage; even that is often limited to what is mandatory, such as auto insurance...

Insurance basics for the newly married  

Typically, an unmarried person has only minimal insurance coverage; even that is often limited to what is mandatory, such as auto insurance...

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