New York Blended Family Lawyer

Second and Subsequent Marriages

Most people after a divorce still have a lot of life left to live, and many people decide to start over and get remarried. There is no legal limitation on remarrying in New York, but there are a lot of contingencies to consider before moving forward, especially if you have children from one or more previous marriages.

As a New York blended family attorney, I understand all of the dimensions of the divorce event. I know how many of your potential choices in a blended family situation will likely play out in the long term. I have been a marital lawyer for more than 35 years, offering good counsel to my New York clients in a time when emotions run high. Let me help you see the financial and personal consequences of the choices you are facing and help you reach the best outcome possible for you and your family.

Financial and Privacy Considerations

Blended families present a variety of financial considerations and privacy considerations, including:

  • Is your new spouse's income tax return "off limits"?
  • Is your new spouse pooling income with you?
  • How is the standard of living of the children going to be affected?
  • What access will your new spouse have to the children?
  • Will your former spouse approve of your new spouse as a stepparent?

At the Robert G. Smith, PLLC law firm, I have helped countless clients deal with these and other related questions in remarriage situations.

A Second Divorce Now Carries Potential for a Serious Financial Hit

In a recent New York Court of Appeals case, our highest court did not credit the husband with his pre-existing obligation to pay support for the children of a prior marriage. In the past, when considering child support payments, the court would take into account the payments that a spouse was already paying for children of previous marriages, and lower the obligation accordingly. According to this case, however, the non-custodial spouse will have to pay in full for all the children of all of his or her marriages.

I will work with you to find the best resolution possible for these complications.

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