Posted by Darryl Aarbo — filed in Wills and Estates Law
Blended families are now very common but the law is very old. It is not always clear what obligations one owes to their first spouse and kids versus their second spouse and possibly second set of kids. Not all rights and obligations are ended with divorce. Moral and legal obligations exist to minor children and there can be rights and obligations arising from divorce agreements or judgments.
Failure to acknowledge these can lead to dispute. There are options to address these issues depending in the circumstances. There is also the emotional factor here, it amazes me how many children do not really recognize stepmom or stepdad as a “real” spouse of their deceased parent. It is best to define the rights and obligations in a clear will, but sometime marriage contracts are required as supporting documents to estate planning. Life insurance can also assist in the balancing act.
By Darryl Aarbo of Aarbo Fuldauer LLP
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