O in addition remarriages are emotionally intricate

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o In addition, remarriages are emotionally intricate & confusing concerning the new roles each partner must play in many lives. o A divorced person has to establish a commitment to and trust in a new partner. Remarriages are also emotionally intricate because roles aren’t clear. Psychic Remarriage o People’s identity changes from being single to being married again. For men, a shift in marital status does not require an extreme change in personal identity. o The identity shift may be more difficult for women because the remarriage represents recovery of a valued identity as a wife. A nontraditional woman, on the other h&, may worry about the loss of her independence. Community Remarriage o People often change their community of friends when they remarry. During the stage of remarriage they may sever close personal relationships that they established after a divorce when they relied more on friends. o In addition, people may often move to another community. o The remarriage process may involve a series of steps similar to the six stations of divorce. As with divorce, the stages of remarriage aren’t necessarily sequential, and not every couple goes through all of them or with the same intensity. If partners can deal successfully with each stage, however, they’re more likely to emerge with a new identity as a couple. Parental Remarriage o Parents have to assume new roles based on their remarriage. Some may have to step up & be parents to their new spouse’s children, while some may find themselves deferring to the biological parent as a decision-maker. o When both partners have children from a previous relationship it can make things even more complicated & difficult. o Because marital & parental roles must be assumed simultaneously, parents may find themselves in conflict with one another or with the children involved. Economic Remarriage o Remarriage establishes a marital household as an economic unit. The main problems in this stage may form from the presence of children from a previous relationship & the biological parent who does not have residential custody but may be paying child support. o Noncustodial parents may feel less responsible for their children financially after their ex-spouse remarries. Legal Remarriage o The nonbiological parent does not have legal rights over their spouse’s children. o Most schools & other institutions typically don’t recognize a stepparent as a legal parent.
o What about college expenses? Questions of legality become complicated when stepparenting is involved. First Marriages vs Remarriages Family Composition o Remarriages often result in a myriad of new relationships. Children may gain stepbrothers or sisters or half siblings. They may have to share their biological parent’s time & physical space.

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