5 Unexpected Problems upon Death of the Remarried Spouse and Step-Families

Remarriage presents certain issues and challenges at the beginning of a second marriage and the death of some remarried spouses have experienced the following 5 unexpected problems:

1. The relationship between the surviving spouse as step-parent and the deceased     spouse’s biological children might easily disintegrate due to conflict or simply lack of communication;

2. Circumstances might change with the passage of time;

a. Declining health of the surviving spouse and high medical and long term care costs

b. The surviving spouse’s assets are lost to economic downturn, creditors, or predators/identity thieves

3. The surviving spouse might remarry and wish to provide for his or her replacement spouse;

a. What are the chances that a happily married man will be remarried within three years of his wife’s death?

b. What are the chances that a happily married woman will be remarried within three years of her husband’s death?

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4. The surviving spouse might make lifetime gifts, which excludes the deceased spouse’s biological children; and

5. The surviving spouse’s biological children might influence him or her to disinherit the deceased spouse’s biological children.

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