Remarried and Step-couples

  • Before You Say "I Do" Again. Part of the Marriage Matters Series, this fact sheet describes characteristics of a successful remarried family. (Ohio State University Extension, 2002)
  • Creating Rituals in Stepfamilies This tip sheet describes and provides advice on how to create rituals in stepfamilies. In addition to describing different types of family rituals, it highlights rituals of particular importance in family life such as holiday and celebration rituals that should be kept for the sake of consistency and continuity of family life (also in spanish, Creando Rituales en Familias Ensambladas). (Utah State University Extension, 2007). 
  • Couples Considering a Blended Family This fact sheet presents an overview of what couples contemplating a blended family should consider, as well as some of the rewards and challenges they may face. (University of Florida Cooperative Extension, 2006)
  • Developing Strengths in Stepfamilies (also in spanish, Desarrollando Fortalezas en la Familia Ensamblada). This fact sheet lists key characteristics of how the family strengths framework can help stepfamilies focus on the positive aspects of family life and build a more cohesive family unit. (Utah State University Extension, 2007).
  • Helpful Strategies to Deal with Ex-partners in Remarriage This tip sheet highlights the challenges remarried couples often face. These challenges include co-parenting with their ex-partner across households and building a strong remarriage. Detailed advice is provided on co-parenting across households and minimizing the impact of the ex-partner relationshp on their current remarital relationship. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish, Estrategias Útiles para Tratar con Ex Parejas en un Segundo Matrimonio (also in spanish, Estrategias Útiles para Tratar con Ex Parejas en un Segundo Matrimonio). (Utah State University Extension, 2007)
  • Instant Family and Love? Part of the Marriage Matters Series, this fact sheet explores expectations when forming a stepfamily. (University of Georgia Extension, 2013)
  • Managing Stress in Stepfamilies (also in spanish Controlando el Estrés en Familias Ensambladas). This fact sheet shares simple tips to manage stress in stepfamilies. Stress responses need to be balanced with opportunities to work together and support each other as a family. (Utah State University Extension, 2007).
  • Marital Transitions and the Sandwich Generation: The Implications of Divorce and Remarriage.  This fact sheet addresses challenges for persons in middle adulthood who have simultaneous commitments to help their adult children and their elderly parents – the “sandwich generation”. Specific implications for marriage and remarriage are considered. (Utah State University Extension, 2006)
  •  Money: Yours, Mine, and Ours? Part of the Marriage Matters Series, this fact sheet presents information on managing finances after a remarriage. (Ohio State University Extension, 2002)
  • Nurturing in Stepfamilies. This tip sheet focuses on the children in stepfamilies. Loss, loyalty, and a lack of control are the related issues for children. It emphasizes giving children space and time to acclimate to the new family situation. It is also important to listen to children and watch their behavior as well, especially if they are younger. (Ohio State University Extension, 2011)
  • Prenuptial Agreements: Something to Consider? Part of the Marriage Matters Series, this fact sheet describes factors to consider when exploring prenuptial agreements prior to a remarriage. (Ohio State University Extension, 2004)
  • Preparing Adolescents and Young Adults for Marriage: Developing Realistic Expectations for Family Communication.Entering marriage with unrealistic expectations, which is not uncommon, is likely to trigger dissatisfaction and ultimately contribute to the decision to divorce. One of the most important things parents and educators can do is help adolescents and young adults develop appropriate expectations for marriage. This tip sheet explains that young adults are forming these expectations by what they see on television. It is recommended that parents watch television with their teenagers and engage them in discussions about the validity of the interactions they observe. (Ohio State University Extension, 2009)
  • Quick Steps: Information to Help Your Stepfamily Thrive. These tip sheets, provided by the National Stepfamily Resource Center, give advice on common issues that stepfamilies face, such as communication, sexuality, and getting to know stepkids. These provide a quick overview of common challenges that may cause problems in stepfamilies and give stepparents a general idea of how to handle situations that may arise in their new families. (National Stepfamily Resource Center, 2008)

  • Reducing Conflict Over Child Support. This tip sheet explains the financial realities of divorce. It advises parents on what information is acceptable to share with children during the child support process. It suggests one way to reduce post-divorce conflict over money through an example of one agency in Ohio. (Ohio State University Extension, 2010) 
  • Stepparenting Begins with Common Ground. Part of the Marriage Matters Series, this fact sheet describes strategies for effective stepparenting, including the importance of the couple relationship. (Ohio State University Extension, 2004)
  • Stepping Stones for Stepfamilies Series: Building a Strong Couple Relationship. Publication provides strategies for building a strong couple relationship in a remarriage. (University of Florida Cooperative Extension, 2009)
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