A recent study by the University of Massachusetts Boston found that divorce and remarriage contribute to larger American households by 66 percent, on average. A similar study, conducted by Bowling Green State University, also found that 30 percent of people over the age of 50 have been married more than once. Divorce and remarriage occurs more often in the United States, and complicates the traditional family structure. Remarriage creates opportunities for making new bonds, but can also create problems within the family.
A division of resources can take place when people in their second or third marriages determine how to devote time and money to their respective children from previous relationships, along with their new stepchildren. Certain studies show that the relationship between parents and their adult children after divorce become more tenuous. Although there may be more children in the family, there may be less ability to rely on any one person for assistance.
Determining Stepchild Relationships
Older couples with adult stepchildren on each side may disagree on how to utilize resources on those children and grandchildren. Additionally, adult children with stepparents must decide how to care for both their parents and stepparents as they age. These are not uncommon dilemmas. Today, almost one-third of American households that are headed by people under the age of 55 have at least one stepparent present. Additionally, one-third of people over the age of 55 have a stepchild. Issues can arise when planning vacations or paying for college due to larger families. Certain stepparents may want to maintain relationships with their stepchildren after a divorce from that child’s parent.
If both parties agree, a divorce agreement can specify a parenting agreement between a stepparent and stepchild, even after the formal relationship has ended. A divorce lawyer can provide suggestions on how payment will be determined in the future for items such as college tuition, their first car, and braces. Divorce agreements can also specify vacation times allotted for each party involved. Planning can allow parties enough time to save money, and gives children peace of mind to know who is covering what expenses as they become young adults.
Moorestown Divorce Lawyers at Hartman Group LLC Help Clients with Stepchildren After Divorce
As families become larger because of divorce and remarriage, Moorestown divorce lawyers at Hartman Group LLC can help guide families when it comes to expenses and the care of children after divorce. Maintaining appropriate financial expectations and understanding can go a long way toward maintaining positive relationships after divorce. Call us at 856-235-4511, or contact us online for a confidential consultation today. We are centrally located in Moorestown, New Jersey, and serve clients in the surrounding areas.