Family law issues to consider when remarrying

By |2022-04-04T17:03:59+00:0029 Dec 2012|Categories: Alimony, Child Support, Family Law, Remarriage|

Family law issues to consider when remarrying

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

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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