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Getting remarried? 3 lessons to learn from your first marriage

There are likely several differences between a first marriage and subsequent marriages. For instance, you will almost certainly have learned some important lessons after your first marriage and can see a little easier which mistakes you can avoid.

But because it is a new relationship and a new chapter, it can be easy to lose sight of some of the important lessons you took away after a divorce. Below are some reminders for what you will want to keep in mind as you head into a new marriage.

  1. Be realistic. You already know that marriages can end in divorce, even when you have nothing but good intentions going into it. Once you come to terms with this, you can make some good decisions to protect yourself, like creating a prenuptial agreement. As this article reminds us, prenups can be critical for people who get married (or remarried) later in life.
  2. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. As a result of your first marriage, you may have already been through the process of going to counseling, joining support groups or talking to your loved ones. Knowing these options exist and can help you through rough patches can make it easier to go back to them before a situation gets out of control.
  3. Be proactive about protecting your family. Getting remarried can mean a significant adjustment to your family in terms of living situations and long-term plans. Protecting your family can be critical, as you know just how difficult it can be to get used to a new family structure. Updating estate plans, modifying child custody arrangements and assessing alimony obligations sooner rather than later can be critical.

Chances are, you know these things. But unless you take the time to truly consider them and take the appropriate action, you could be making some of the same mistakes that were made in your first marriage. With legal guidance and support from your attorney, you can make wise decisions that set you up for success.

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