One of the things I’ve thought a lot about recently is what happens with your finances when you marry for a second (or third) time. Deciding whether to combine finances in a first marriage – and how you will do it – can be complicated enough. Money during a divorce can be a complex subject as well. But what happens if you get married again? You need to have the conversation about whether and how to combine finances all over again.

New Factors to Consider

Things can be a lot more complicated when you embark on a second marriage in many cases. There are often kids involved and other financial encumbrances to worry about. If there are spousal support or child support payments in the mix, it could change the way you manage your money even more.

That’s not all. You need to figure out how much you will pay for gifts and how often they will be sent. If your new partner has a different idea of how to manage money or how much help to give to children and possibly parents, you will need to work that out before combining finances.

Don’t forget that you also need to consider the beneficiaries of your various accounts. Will you change life insurance, retirement accounts, and other items to reflect the new partner? Or does it make more sense to list your children as the beneficiaries? While I’m not planning on remarrying anytime soon (or even ever, perhaps), I’ve still thought about this quite a bit and I’m inclined to just keep my son as the beneficiary of my accounts, no matter what happens.

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