Getting divorced is one of the easiest cases when a competent attorney is hired; however, there could be some residual impact of your previous relationship on future ones.
More often than not, many people do not realize that several problems may arise in the future when they do not make sure their legal affairs are in order before getting remarried. Finding a soul mate after ending a failed marriage may be the appropriate thing to do in the spirit of moving on, however, the joy and love felt may fast turn into sadness and burden as a result of a decision to remarry.
In this post, we will be discussing the possible setbacks that may mar your new relationship and prevent you from getting married to your new-found love.
- Make Sure You Are Divorced
Divorcing a partner appears to be quite easy, but more often than not people do not make sure to actually divorce their partners before moving on with life. This may be the major problem you will encounter when seeking to remarry. Attempting to get married without being properly divorced from your former partner may raise several legal issues against you. This is especially so as there is a clear distinction between Separation and Divorce.
A separation means a couple is not together anymore. However, being separated does not mean they are not legally bound as a couple, making it illegal for any one of the separated couple to remarry at any given point. This is especially important if you’ve tied the knot before. If you have not gone through the proper legal channels for getting a divorce, you could face additional trouble when trying to get remarried.
In case you’ve gone through the divorce mess and wish to check your legal standing, you could also obtain divorce records from the record’s office in your state to make sure everything is in order.
Weddings can be expensive, so before you say yes to the dress (or suit), pick your cake, and finalize your guest list, you should confirm your legal relationship status.
For persons who are separated from their former spouses, it is important to seek legal backings which will declare you legally divorced in the eyes of the law.
- Protect Yourself with a Prenuptial Agreement
Before heading into a marriage, it is important to think of both worlds; the upsides and downsides of the relationship. And as such, it is recommended that you protect yourself with a Prenuptial Agreement. A prenuptial agreement, often known as prenup, may seem ominous at the start but it covers all there is about your finances and who gets what in the event things do not work out between you two.
A prenuptial agreement is recommended when you’re aiming to remarry, especially if you already have children with someone else, want to protect any of your personal belongings which belonged to you before the relationship, and in cases when you want to avoid certain disagreements or misunderstandings, especially about current and future financial responsibilities.
- Update Your Estate Plans
An update of your estate plan is necessary when planning to remarry. However, the update depends on when last you updated the document. Estate documents such as Power of Attorney or the Last Will and Testament should be properly updated to reflect your current relationship if you wish and your last relationship should you wishes to leave anything behind.
The document may be needed to protect yourself and your family alongside your future partner from messy legal battles arising from failure to update your legal documents.
Tip: It is recommended that you update your estate documents after any major life events.