Second marriages and providing for children from a first marriage always has the potential for disagreements. Many people don't realise that in most cases, marrying revokes your Will leaving potentially disappointed members of the family. It is possible to provide for your husband or wife and make sure that your children ultimately receive something but this takes careful planning. The increase in disputes is only likely to increase as the number of divorces continue to rise.
The explosion in ‘silver divorces’ has led to a wave of family disputes over who inherits parents’ homes, money and valuables, lawyers have warned.Family rows often follow a divorce of a middle-aged couple who have assumed for years that they will leave everything they have to their children, they said.But frequently an older divorcee goes on to remarry, and fails to change their will, which then becomes out of date – leading to disputes between their new family and the children from their previous marriage.The increase in divorce among older couples, which means nearly one in ten people over 65 is now a divorcee, has led to a series of reports from law firms that numbers of disputes over inheritance are rising fast.