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Viva: Getting married again

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It’s a common portrait of modern family life with the last census showing that about a fifth of Australians had been married before. Whether you feel ready or not to try the knot again, there are complexities that come with age.

South Australian lawyer Dino Di Rosa often sees older couples in de facto relationships who may be considering a second or third marriage.

He says many are concerned about protecting their assets and the interests of family members. 

Clinical psychologist Elisabeth Shaw runs Relationship Australia’s New South Wales chapter.

She encourages couples to discuss practical matters to avoid grievances.

After all, there isn’t always a chance to rebuild your assets if things don’t work out. 

The last Census shows that 1.8 out of every thousand men and 0.8 out of every thousand women aged over 65 have chosen to end their marriage.

According to Shaw, re-marriage in later years doesn’t always work out if people weren’t ready in the first place.

Cultural expectations may also affect a person’s decision to seek a new start after a break-up or loss of a spouse.

 

Shaw notices that the expectations of others can be a major deterrent.

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