The unfortunate reality is that 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. If you're going through a second divorce, it's crucial to enlist the services of an attorney. Second divorces involve high stakes, complex procedures, and many other factors that differentiate them from first divorces. Here's what you can expect should you decide to move forward with a second divorce.
Parenting Plan and Child Support
Second divorces become even more complicated when children are involved. If you have children from a previous marriage, you may still have alimony obligations. A second marriage doesn't absolve you of your responsibility to pay child support and share custody.
Your second divorce may impact the terms of your original parenting plan. The divorce could change the amount of alimony you have to pay your first spouse. If you have children from your first and second marriage, you will have two separate parenting plans. With so many different factors in play, it's crucial to use an attorney to help you coordinate things like custody agreements and spousal support.
Relationships with Stepchildren
Second divorces can also affect your relationship with stepchildren. Since you are not the children's legal guardian, the second spouse will dictate the terms of your relationship with their kids. The biological parents may require supervised visits with their children or they can forbid you from seeing them all together. If you want to maintain a relationship with your stepchildren, you may have to fight an uphill battle.
Division of Assets
Second divorces can be a costly affair. Not only do they come with exorbitant fees, but they can also impact your division of assets. Second divorces also occur later in life when the accumulation of assets is more advanced. Your second divorce might include assets like property, retirement accounts, pensions, and debts. These factors can lead to complex issues when figuring out a financial settlement.
Your Divorce Knowledge
Although there are many factors involved in a second divorce, it doesn't have to be a difficult process. You can use the knowledge gained from your first divorce to eliminate headaches along the way. Your experience can prove vital in resolving disputes, saving money, and protecting your rights.
It's crucial to prepare yourself with the right tools for a second divorce. Caulder and Valentine are here for you. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you reach a settlement that benefits you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.