Couples planning to blend families often have to make financial arrangements that respect previous relationships with ex-spouses and their families. Issues range from childcare and eldercare to potentially complex matters. That's why involving trained experts in stepfamily financial planning is a must.
Most commonly, thieves will harvest kids' dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts. Many victims don't realize there's a problem until years later, when they are turned down because of the poor credit history someone else racked up in their name.
You're probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security -- a sound understanding of how credit works.