Blended families have special needs. An attorney serving blended families should listen carefully to those needs and help clients plan pro-actively to avoid problems down the road.
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.
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.
If you are contemplating remarriage, or if you have concerns about balancing the needs of a “first family” and a “second family,” a legal consultation would be a wise step. To schedule an appointment, call 803-414-0185, or fill in the form below: