Since about 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, it's likely that a California parent could remarry in the future. In some cases, the parent's new spouse may also have joint or even sole custody of their own children. Transitioning into what the U.S. Census Bureau calls a "blended family" can be difficult, particularly on finances.
Before two parents get married, it is recommended that they come to some common agreements. This includes deciding what type of financial example they want to set for their children. They should also agree on their spending habits, how they intend to save for the future and how to use any excess money. Furthermore, parents who are creating blended families should determine how to deal with one or more of the children needing more resources than the others.