Blended Families

Starting your new life together

Congratulations on finding love! It can be difficult to translate the joy you feel in your relationship to children facing a new life as a stepchild or new sibling. They may have concerns about their relationship with your partner or how the changes might impact their relationship with you. 

 

There will likely be growing pains as everyone settles into new roles, but you can find success as a blended family with open communication, respect, and love. Our team of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys can help you understand your rights and obligations. 

CREATING YOUR PLAN

Estate Planning

 

Whether your blended family includes minor or adult children, it is important to consider creating or revising an estate plan to preserve and protect your wishes. You may have assets you want to retain as separate property to pass to your direct heirs or a desire to take care of your stepchildren through a will or trust. Our estate planning attorneys have rich experience helping blended families create comprehensive plans to give your family peace of mind and a clear path forward.

Blended Families

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Relocation

 
A new partner might mean new opportunities and a need to consider relocation. A well-constructed parenting plan should outline what opportunities exist for you to move. However, there may be cause for a change to your current residential schedule. One of our parenting plan attorneys can help you understand the options you have for modification. 

UNDERSTANDING ROLES

Parent Communication & Parenting Plans

 

Sometimes when a new partner is welcomed into the family, hiccups can come up concerning co-parenting or following an agreed-upon or court-ordered parenting plan. Our family law attorneys understand the dynamics that can arise with a new stepparent. We can help your family navigate your legal challenges to reduce conflict and create a child-focused arrangement. 

 

Structuring a strong stepfamily should begin with clear communication. Our attorneys have the education and experience to help your family prevent communication challenges before they arise and navigate them when they do.

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