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West Dundee family law attorneysWhen going through a divorce, it might be hard to think about moving on. However, it is possible to find love again and even remarry. In some cases, one or both spouses may choose to give marriage another try with new partners. Many remarriages involve couples who have children from previous marriages, often referred to as “blended families.” Statistics show that approximately half of all families in the United States are blended rather than the “traditional” nuclear families. Creating a new family dynamic can be challenging for parents and kids, and there are many issues to consider. For example, one spouse may be paying spousal maintenance or child support to his or her ex-spouse. Parenting time also may need to be adjusted based on new home or work schedules. Following are ways to ease the transition of combining families after remarriage. 

Practical Advice for Joining Families

If you decide to get married again after taking a second chance on love, you might not necessarily think about how a remarriage could impact your children. After enduring years of unhappiness in your first marriage, it may be tempting to put your feelings ahead of your kids. However, it is important to remember that it is not all about you and your new love. 

Here are some tips for learning how to share your lives and create lasting bonds: 

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Kane County divorce attorneys“We are getting a divorce,” are the five words that every child dreads to hear from his or her parents while growing up. When two parents choose to dissolve their marriage, the separation of the family follows, making life difficult for the child. Living arrangements, education, religion, and life at home can all change upon the parents’ split. Allocation of parental responsibilities (previously known as child custody) and parenting plans are established to ultimately secure the best possible scenario for a child after a divorce, although situations can change rather quickly. Adjustments can be difficult for a child, especially the addition of a new adult into the child’s life when one parent decides to get remarried. .

Unintended Consequences of Remarriage

An individual who is trying to move on from a divorce and find happiness with a new partner can sometimes overlook the side effects that his or her romantic pursuit could cause. For a child whois coping with divorced parents and trying to get accustomed to a new way of life, the introduction of a stepmom or stepdad could produce a great deal of confusion:

  • When a new parent is introduced, the divorce may, for the first time, become permanent for the child, as he or she realizes that his or her parents are not getting back together.   
  • After a divorce, tight bonds often form between the child and his or her mother and father. Increased attachments can develop, leading to the child developing jealous feelings and behaviors directed toward a new romantic interest. 
  • A stepparent could also bring along his or her own children, resulting in drastic changes at home. If and when the new couple decides to move in together, living arrangements will once again change, which could lead to a new school and community, or uncomfortable living conditions.
  • Anxiety caused by the thought of hurting a parent's feelings could arise and result in the child remaining distant from the new stepparent. 

When constant changes are occurring in one or both of the parents’ lives, the child involved could be left with the feeling of unimportance. For a younger child especially, stability is crucial in his or her development and ability to form healthy relationships.   

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