It is not uncommon for divorced people to remarry, but the experience of one failed marriage is no guarantee that the new marriage will fare any better. Indeed, statistics show that most second marriages end in divorce. In addition, second and later divorces can raise their own special problems that are not issues in the original divorce. If you are facing the prospect of, or involved in, a second or later divorce, The Henry Law Firm, P.A. can provide trustworthy advice on how to protect your rights and interests.
Statistics show that the national divorce rate for second marriages is 67 percent, compared with 50 percent for first marriages. There are several possible reasons that might ward against a successful remarriage. Sometimes an individual brings to the second marriage the same personal issues that may have led to the original divorce. A prior divorce can also place stress on the new marriage as a result of one or both spouses having to pay alimony (spousal maintenance) or child support. Tensions between children and stepparents can arise. Moreover, the baggage of prior commitments can dilute the feeling of commonality that is often needed to make marriages successful. When problems arise, the remarried spouse may see those problems through the lens of his or her prior marriage and view those problems as a prelude to another breakup, rather than try to work through such difficulties and challenges. The experience of having been through a divorce may make the prospect of another one less daunting.
A second or later divorce comes with its own set of special problems. You may already be burdened with alimony (spousal maintenance) and child support from your first divorce, which add to the new obligations to the spouse and the children of your second marriage. Although any money or other assets you acquired in your prior divorce are your separate property, those assets can become subject to division if you have commingled them or if your second spouse has contributed to their value.
Fortunately, the attorneys at The Henry Law Firm, P.A., in Overland Park, Kansas, can prevent many of these issues from arising with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement before your second divorce. The agreement can protect your separate property and the inheritance rights of your children born prior to the second marriage, as well as settle alimony and other economic issues in a second divorce. If you are already involved in your second divorce, we can still try to negotiate a suitable resolution of these matters.
If an agreement cannot be worked out, the attorneys at The Henry Law Firm, P.A., will fight aggressively to protect your rights and interests. Our goal will be to achieve a judgment that does not inflict unfair financial burdens, especially when added to existing obligations from your first divorce.
At The Henry Law Firm, P.A., in Overland Park, Kansas, we are well-versed in the special issues involved in second divorces and know how to protect your rights. Call us at 913-381-5020 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.