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How does remarriage affect your child?

After a divorce in Florida, you and your children may get used to spending a lot of time together. This can be great for bonding and rebuilding after the division of your family. Whether you have custody or you get parenting time while the kids live with your ex, things can change quite a bit if you decide to remarry. For some children, this can be very difficult to handle. For your sanity, the health of your marriage and the health of your relationship with your children, it is essential to plan ahead and prepare your kids for the marriage.

HealthChildren.org notes that remarriage disrupts the new family structure you have had since the divorce. It can put a wedge between you and your child, making him or her feel as if you are choosing the new spouse over him or her. You want to avoid this. In addition, kids may feel as if they cannot like your new spouse because they will betray their other parent if they do. Another common issue is kids feeling as if everything is changing again, which can make them go through the same feelings they had during the divorce.

The best way to combat all these issues is to talk with your child. You need to encourage open communication about what they are feeling. It also can help if you can get your ex on board. Having their other parent say the remarriage is okay can really help put kids at ease. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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