It is common for fathers to end up as the non-custodial parent in Minnesota. You get visitation time with your children, but you probably also spend a lot of time alone. It is no surprise that you may start dating and even begin to think about getting remarried. However, a new spouse will change your household dynamic and can negatively impact the relationship you have with your kids.
HealthyChildren.org notes there are many emotional issues that can come up for children when you decide to get remarried. To help avoid common issues, you should talk with your children about the situation. Explain what may change, and get their input. Encourage complete honesty. Let them know your relationship may change a little, but also let them know that you still value the time you have with them. Make an effort to not let your new marriage overshadow your visitation.
To avoid the common issue where kids feel as if they cannot like the new spouse because of their other parent, you should get everyone together, including your ex, to reassure the children that it is okay to accept your new spouse.
A remarriage is a lot like a divorce because it changes things for the kids. You have to make sure they are okay with it. If you rush, you will only end up with problems. Making sure everyone is comfortable before you actually walk down the aisle will result in a healthier marriage and healthier relationship with your children. This information is for education and is not legal advice.