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Your Spouse's Children
Our society has changed considerably in the past few years. More and more people are marrying either after the death, or divorce, from their spouse. Many times this event takes place in a manner where the new couple decides to have children of their own. In other situations, the marriage takes place later in the lives of the couple, but dealing with children “brought into the marriage” is often a tricky maneuver, and requires forethought. Ditto, with regard to how to equitably balance the needs of “new” children with those who pre-existed when the marriage took place.
In my mind, dealing with the issue of children when the marriage takes place after a time when the new couple would consider have children of their own is relatively simple. The newly married couple should consult counsel before getting married, and agree upon an “ante-nuptial” agreement which sets forth exactly what would happen regarding assets brought into the marriage upon divorce or death. Usually, it is possible to develop a solution that works for both parties, keeping in mind that most people in this situation want to make sure that their own children are adequately provided for. The key to this type of ... more

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