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Family law and the challenges of blended families in Illinois

Blended families have become a regular part of society in Illinois. Almost everybody knows a blended family if they are not part of one themselves. Family law requires careful consideration of various aspects of remarriages, particularly when children from previous marriages are involved.

The challenges of blending two families will include decisions about living arrangements and how finances will be handled. Many such couples choose a new home as a sign of the new union rather than moving into the existing house of one spouse. The same may work for dealing with finances, except that one or both spouses may have financial responsibilities toward spousal or child support. However, some families report keeping funds for those obligations separate but combining the balance for joint expenses.

Finding out that an ex-spouse plans a remarriage can be difficult, and children may also struggle to accept a parent's new love. However, the sooner they can resolve old feelings, the better for all concerned. Becoming a stepparent also presents multiple challenges -- for parents and children -- and both patience and persistence will be necessary.

Illinois people who are considering a remarriage may find comfort in knowing that a family law attorney does not deal only with divorces. Such attorneys also deal with all other matters related to marriage and child-related issues, as well as prenuptial agreements -- which may not be a bad idea under these circumstances. An experienced lawyer can provide not only support and guidance but also valuable input related to the legal aspects of blended families.

Source: apa.org, "Making stepfamilies work", Dec. 15, 2017

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