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How Your Life Insurance Needs Change With More Than One Child

A child is a wonderful addition to any family. But with each new bundle of joy comes a new bundle of responsibilities, and as your household changes, so should your life insurance coverage.

The room is painted, the crib is assembled and the changing station is fully stocked. But while you may think you have all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed for your new baby, have you put any thought into updating your life insurance coverage?

With the cost of raising a child to the age of 17 totaling around $310,000,1 welcoming a new child may require reviewing your life insurance policy to make sure everyone is protected.

As soon as your baby is born, you think of a thousand different things. If something unexpected happens and you’re no longer there, life insurance can help fill that financial gap.

What to expect (from your life insurance) when you’re expecting

Much like buying a home or changing jobs, welcoming a new baby — be it a first, second or third child — is among the life events that should lead you to reassess your life insurance coverage. Taking the time to review your current policy and financial situation is the best way to make sure that your life insurance is doing what it’s intended to do: help provide financial security for your family.

Whenever you have these life events, or at least every two years, you should reassess what your life insurance needs are compared to what you have.

Is your policy up to date?

While no one wants to think about dying, choosing to not discuss the situation doesn’t make it go away. Financially preparing for the unexpected and creating a financial safety net while your children are still young may help them through each milestone of growing up, and that preparation begins with choosing the correct policy type.
Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I anticipate my children living with me beyond their 20s?
  • Do I think my children will need financial assistance with a college education?
  • Do I have any outstanding debts, like a mortgage?
  • Do I have a financial plan to cover my final expenses?

Whether you already own a policy and are looking to update it, or are thinking of purchasing life insurance, a 20-, 25- or 30-year term policy can help financially protect your children while they still depend on you financially. Similarly, parents with a home mortgage or long-term loan should consider matching the length of the loan to the term of the policy when considering their needs.

For those seeking a permanent type of coverage, a whole life policy is a good option because it can be in place for the rest of your life, as long as premiums are paid.

What if you’re a parent with no life insurance?

As your family grows, so will your financial responsibilities. With all the expenses of having a baby, it’s easy for new and established parents to let life insurance fall through the cracks.

When you’re planning a family … you absolutely should look into getting life insurance. There’s no need to wait. There’s no value in waiting. And the biggest obstacle to getting life insurance can be procrastination.

If life insurance is something you [and your partner] think you should have eventually or at some point, take the words ‘eventually’ or ‘at some point’ out of your lexicon and make the decision to take care of it today.

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Future estimated annual expenditures of raising a child, assuming a higher inflation rate of 4 percent after 2020, Brookings, August 2022.

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