Gone are the days when the American family took on a standard form, and there is no longer a "norm" when it comes to how families are shaped. Many New Jersey residents will marry more than once and may have children from two or more unions. While there is no longer social stigma associated with divorce and remarriage, those who enter into second or subsequent unions should review their estate planning package to ensure that their wishes are properly outlined within.
Many people choose to leave the bulk of their estate to their spouse, which is understandable. This is the person with whom we spend our days, and who presumably loves us and knows us better than anyone else. We assume that our husband or wife will carry out our wishes and will distribute wealth fairly among children from both the current and previous relationships.