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What does a divorce mean for the size of your family?

Louisiana readers may know many American marriages end in divorce, and as a result, many families are now quite expansive, thanks to remarriage. In fact, because of divorce and remarriage, some family trees are now quite complex, and parents may find it more important than ever to have strong and workable custody plans.

American families may be more complicated than ever before, but it is possible to make even the most complex of arrangements work smoothly. To make this happen, it is essential to work diligently for a custody arrangement and parenting plan that allows for your family to have a strong future, even long after divorce and remarriage.

Complicated families are now the norm

Remarriage after a divorce can bring several more people into your family circle. This includes new adults with a grandparent role, stepchildren, half-siblings and more. The following are facts and statistics that you may find interesting regarding American divorce and family trends:

  • Studies suggest that as many as one-third of households led by adults under the age of 55 have a stepparent.
  • Of couples 55 and older who have adult children, approximately 33 percent of them have stepchildren.
  • Almost 30 percent of people age 50 and older have been married at least twice, which means more stepchildren, half-children and extended families.

These extended and expansive families can lead to unique complications. For example, will your child's stepparent pay for your kids to go on vacation? Who gets to see the kids over the holidays? Which adults in the child's life have the responsibility of paying for college?

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and for the most part, it is possible to make these arrangements work well. However, a peaceful custody plan often starts with a solid, thoughtful and smart custody arrangement. If you are getting divorced or believe your custody plan could benefit from adjustments, you have no time to lose in learning more about your legal options.

Protecting your role and rights as a parent

As a parent, there is likely nothing as important to you as maintaining your role as an active and loving parent. You may be able to protect this role and shield your child from unnecessary complications by clearly defining the terms of your custody order. A wide range of issues can be addressed in custody arrangements.

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