Families come in all shapes and sizes. One size does not fit all! My law practice serves blended families, families of special needs children, families formed in older marriages, and families bending typical stereotypes. I listen carefully to your needs and help you plan pro-actively to avoid problems down the road.
SECOND MARRIAGES: Candid discussions as well as financial disclosures prior to a second marriage will help parties reach agreement ahead of time about important issues. The expectations and agreement of the parties can then be drafted into a prenuptial agreement (also called an antenuptial agreement). The occasion of a new marriage is also a good time to revise estate plans. Spouses married for a second (or more) time have a need to balance commitments and obligations to children and spouses from former marriages with their new commitments to a new spouse and any children that may be part of that new relationship.
BLENDED FAMILIES: Even when children from prior marriages are grown, emotional dynamics can remain complicated. Equally important, however, at a certain age financing of possible old age care can become a serious concern. Since spouses are financially responsible for one another, it is possible that remarriage could put life savings at risk for care of the new spouse, a result that can be avoided through a carefully drafted prenup.
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS: Your special needs child will grow up to the age of adulthood, but not every child is capable of becoming emancipated. In such a case, parents need to engage in special planning based on the needs of your special family.
If you are contemplating remarriage, if you have concerns about balancing the needs of a “first family” and a “second family,” or if you have a special needs child aging into adulthood, a legal consultation would be a wise step. To schedule an appointment, call 803-414-0185, or fill in the form below: