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step-parent

A caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-parent is the second spouse of one of the child's biological parents. Through my marriage to Kent, I became a step-parent to his three beautiful daughters.
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The PAO shall handle adoption cases only if the prospective adopter is the biological parent or step-parent of the prospective adoptee, and the adopter is indigent.
"Our new 100% Family Guarantee mortgage product will help these individuals obtain their own home, where previously they were blocked out of the market, by making a 25% charge against a property owned by a parent, step-parent or grandparent."
Dunn was famous for his roles on MTV reality/prankster shows 'Jackass' and 'Viva la Bam.' Dunn leaves behind his parents, sibling, step-parents and step siblings, as well as a fiance.
Close relatives are step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts.
Secondary characters such as Tom's friend, the ghostly Hannah; his step-parents, Marge and Ted; Mrs Guthrie, a teacher who understands him best; and Murray Black, the Indigenous man who found him on the river bank, are equally defined.
William Shakespeare wrote these words about the entanglements of romance--but he could have been writing about the turbulence that lovers face when love ends and step-parents are called on to pay child support.
She investigates the role of step-parents and siblings, as well as gay mothers and fathers, who are changing the face of modern domestic arrangements.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Mr Moore's step-parents Fran and Pauline Sweeney said: "We are thrilled to have Peter back safely.
Oh, and the definition of mothering is wonderfully broad, including adoption, foster care, co-mothering among lesbian partners, co-parenting with divorced spouses or step-parents, sole mothering, biological mothering, grandmothers who are mothering their grandchildren, as well as the many other ways in which women nurture beloved children.
The bonus is not paid to individuals referring members of their immediate families, to include spouses, children, parents, step-parents and siblings.
Thirdly, the courts have been giving children three (or more) parents for decades, by ordering step-parents as well as biological parents to pay child support in divorce cases.
The courses have been set up in response to a survey showing a rise in children living with step-parents.
* Expand the definition of "family member," to include siblings, grandparents, step-children, step-parents, aunts, uncles, grandchildren (the government has proposed amendments along these lines);
Many different family arrangements are considered in this book including families headed by single parents, gay and lesbian couples and step-parents, as well as families with children born with the help of advanced reproductive technology.
Youngsters aged between two months and 44 months were found to have been deliberately injured in cruel, sadistic attacks by their parents or step-parents while in hospital.