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Getting remarried? Take steps to protect yourself

In the heat and contention of divorce, many people say they'll never get married again. But the truth is that many people do find a new partner with whom they want to share their lives, and this can certainly lead to marriage.

If you are in this situation, then you are probably just as excited and happy about a second or third marriage as you were about the first, if not more so. However, you may also be more cautious and realistic about the possibility of divorce, which is to be expected. With this in mind, we encourage you to consider taking steps to protect yourself before getting remarried.

  1. Sign a prenuptial agreement: A prenup can outline and protect all the assets you are each bringing into the marriage, which are likely more substantial than what you had entering your first marriage. A prenup can also reinforce any financial considerations you have for your kids, like an inheritance.
  2. Speak with a counselor: Many people speak with a counselor before their first marriage, but decide against it before remarrying because they think it's unnecessary or not helpful. However, this is a different relationship, and speaking with a counselor can help you and your soon-to-be spouse identify pain points and discuss marital expectations and challenges.
  3. Do some prep work with your family: Even if you are ready to remarry, your kids may not be just yet. Allow for some transition time, and make sure your kids and your partner's kids feel loved, accepted and safe.

These are just some of the things you can do to protect yourself, your kids and your finances the second (or third) time around. Deciding against these options can leave you exposed to some serious consequences in the event of a divorce, and the reality is that, according to reports, successive marriages are more vulnerable to divorce than first marriages.

You probably learned a lot from your first marriage, including the fact that divorce is incredibly difficult. With the help of an attorney and some premarital planning, you can take what you have learned and use those lessons to build a better future for your family and yourself.

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