Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tying the Knot Smart 2nd Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tying the Knot Smart 2nd Time

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PLANNING to remarry this year? Before you book the caterer and the band, best have some straightforward talks about your future married life.

One man I know is ready to take the plunge. Two problems loom large, however. He's a neatnick and she's a slob. He reports that she's trying to be more tidy - hanging up clothes and shutting bureau drawers. But her nonchalant attitude over putting things away is going to be a stumbling block to closeness.

Another issue: He has a thriving business and is well off financially. She has little financial worth. Although ready to say "I do," he's not ready to share all his money. Should he have his business evaluated and work out a prenuptial agreement? Or should he just tie the knot and hope they live happily ever after?

Another couple faces a different dilemma. She has a teen-age daughter. When her boyfriend tries to tell this girl what to do, the mother finds herself feeling resentful.

Couple number three is trying to work out yet another sort of problem. He has two children and a nice home that is almost paid for. She has two children and rents her home. When they marry and move into his home, she wants her name on the house title. He's reluctant to put her name on the deed. His reasoning: The house is his children's inheritance. If he dies before they're raised, the money has been earmarked for their education.

When planning to remarry - if you really want the marriage to work - write down all concerns.

Here's a list to get you started.

Where will you live? Is type of house important? What about school district? I'm working with a woman who is determined to live in a particular school district. But her fiance doesn't feel comfortable in that area of town.

Who will do the cooking, grocery shopping, repairs? Just because your ex-wife did the cooking each night, it doesn't mean your new wife enjoys the kitchen. …

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