Divorce is painful; however, it may be better than staying in an unhappy marriage. Orange County residents who have been through a divorce may grapple with perfectly normal feelings of loneliness and seek a new partner with whom to make a fresh start. Having been married once already, remarrying may seem like a less monumental decision than it was the first time. However, statistics suggest that one may actually want to give marriage and the associated family law concerns even more thought and consideration the second time around.
Reportedly, marriages after the first are even more likely to end in divorce than first marriages are. Some people, especially those who are grieving from a recent separation may be vulnerable when they find someone who can fill the gap left by the previous relationship. The emotional desire to re-establish the connection that was lost may blind divorced individuals to potential problems with a partner. The opinions of close family and friends suggesting that one take it slow may be dismissed as jealousy or self-interest.
People who experience a divorce should be aware of the family law issues that they may be bringing to the table of the new marriage, and how those may play out in the event of another divorce. Might one end up paying spousal support to a second ex in addition to the first? Could one afford to make child support payments for children from a second marriage as well as the first? On the other hand, if one needs to collect spousal or child support from a spouse who is already paying them under a previous divorce agreement, how likely is it that that partner will be able to keep up with the new payments in addition to the old?
All of these issues should be a reminder for individuals considering remarriage to take one step at a time. One of those steps may, in fact, be a prenuptial agreement. This would allow the couple to move ahead with a clear picture of how these family law issues will be resolved in the event of a second divorce.
Source: Huffington Post, "Before You Say I Do, Again: Listen To The Voice Of Public Opinion," Benjamin Berkley, Dec. 17, 2012