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After a divorce, entering into a romantic relationship with another partner is very exciting. Many times, people even want to get remarried, which is another exciting prospect. However, if you are considering remarriage after getting a divorce, there are some very important factors to consider first. Any new marriage you enter into will not only affect you and your new spouse, but also your former spouse and your children.
If you are receiving spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, a remarriage will have a great impact on it. In Illinois, recipients of spousal maintenance do not continue to receive it once they get remarried. This is because it is presumed that the new spouse can provide financial support instead of the spousal maintenance payments. If you are receiving spousal maintenance from your former spouse, you need to consider the effect of no longer receiving these payments.
On the other hand, if you are the spouse making maintenance payments, you will still be obligated to pay them after getting remarried. You will still need to consider the impact these payments will have, and if you can afford to financially support your former spouse as well as your new family.
If you were young and your career was not well established the first time you got married, drafting a premarital agreement may not have made much sense. However, your circumstances may have changed since then and now, a premarital agreement may provide the protection you need. A premarital agreement can protect the assets you have accumulated, and in the event that you get a divorce, it can also help you avoid some of the challenges you experienced during your first divorce.
Your children should always be your biggest priority, including when you are getting a divorce or planning another wedding. Children are sometimes resentful of new partners because they feel as though the new person in your life is taking time and attention away from them. A remarriage may also disrupt the routine children have become accustomed to, which can add to their feelings of resentment.
A new marriage may also result in changes to a parenting plan and depending on your new spouse, it can also change the child’s current living arrangements. It is not only important to consider these issues, but also to prioritize building a strong relationship between your children and their future step-parent and step-siblings.
If you have gotten a divorce and are considering remarriage, our skilled DuPage County family lawyers at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio can assist with your case. Our skilled attorneys can help you draft a premarital agreement, advise on how the new nuptials will affect spousal maintenance, and ensure you are protected. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free case review with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and to learn more about how we can help.