The modern American family tree can look astonishingly ornate.
Perhaps you recently got married to a woman who has several children from another marriage – and you also have children from your first marriage. Or perhaps your living situation includes members from three generations – grandparents, parents, and children who’ve all banded together to reduce living expenses and/or to take care of one another.
Divorce and separation can be complicated enough, if you’re splitting up a traditional American family that consists of a husband and wife and one or two kids (and maybe a pet). But if your family life is much more involved – and the relationships are more ambiguous – then you face special problems, socially, emotionally, and (potentially) legally.
In today’s post and a few that will follow, we’ll take a look at the peculiar challenges that complex families face and help you manage them better.
Rather than diagram out all of your relationships and try to figure out what to do about each one, you need to be able to focus on your own goals, concerns, and constraints. First, you need to define your problems and your definition of “success” — only once you’re clear about those items can you know which strategies to choose.
The team at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC can help you identify what’s really important, protect what you really care about, and handle your family law situation with grace and compassion. Call us right now for a free consultation.