When you and your children’s other parent decided to go your separate ways, you likely grappled with hundreds of questions about your future. One of those questions was likely whether you would find a romantic partner in the future who would be good to you and your children. If you have found someone worthy of your affections and your children’s and have decided to remarry, congratulations. It is now time to contemplate a few legal issues in order to ensure that your remarriage progresses as smoothly as possible for you and your children.
First, it is important to review your child custody documents and your parenting plan. If your remarriage is going to result in you relocating your children, you may be required to consult your children’s other parent first. If you have any questions about how your remarriage will affect you and your children legally, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced family law attorney.
Second, prepare yourself to be flexible and to make adjustments to your schedule and parenting time when your children may require that kind of effort. Even if your children are thrilled that you are remarrying, blending families requires some adjustment and flexibility at times. Your children’s other parent may require your flexibility at times too, especially if your remarriage necessitates any changes to your parenting time or visitation schedules.
Finally, cultivate and maintain healthy communication with your children’s other parent to the extent that you can. When co-parents communicate in healthy ways, they are far more likely to work their differences out themselves and are more often able to avoid court disputes over their children’s wellbeing.
Source: The Huffington Post, “7 Tips for Re-Marrying When Kids Are Involved,” Michele Zipp, June 16, 2014