step-parent

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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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When his mother passes away, his stepfather remarries, and Alex is left with two stepparents and a family to whom he cannot relate emotionally.
If we both agree that his mother, or our father, for example, aren't the easiest people to get along with, or that family gatherings can get a bit tense with stepparents, estranged uncles, and all the other things that make families interesting, then our marriage can actually become stronger in the process.
The Profile assesses home equity and a business of any size, as well as income and assets of both divorced parents, including stepparents. It reviews three years of income and grants an allowance for medical expenses and private school tuition.
Eligible family members include spouses and children, parents and siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, stepparents, stepchildren and step-siblings, and adoptive relationships, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and all household members.
Six years later, Abbas and his wife had a son Muhammad Atif and Rehman started feeling neglected by his stepparents.
Further, the most germane section of the Code, dealing with custody and visitation, defines person with a legitimate interest a partyother than a parentwho may seek custody and visitation as including but not limited to grandparents, step-grandparents, stepparents, former stepparents, blood relatives, and family members.
Stepfamily researchers report that although stepparents, specifically stepmothers take too much responsibility of care and nurturance of stepchildren even more than their biological parents yet children do not welcome step parental extra care and perceive it as undesirable favor (Cartwright, 2010; Ferri and Smith, 1996).
These divorces leave thousands of families in the patchwork environment of blended families, stepparents, and stepchildren.
I don't want my kids having stepparents - the thought of it makes me feel sick.
They also found that it is not just parents--grandparents are victims, too, as are stepparents.
In addition, stepparents can love their stepchildren if given the chance.
Security for stepchildren | Children benefit from having secure relationships with stepparents. If you have stepchildren, and both their parents agree, you can acquire legal responsibility for them without adopting them.
(88) But this goal may not be desirable in most adoptions, as over half of adoptions "involve children adopted by stepparents or relatives, where the adoption may be completed for legal rather than relationship purposes." (89)
Though this is not a typical Father's Day message, it is something I believe resonates with many children who have stepparents. That begs the question: What does a traditional family mean nowadays?
The group will include all manner of parents - biological, same-sex, stepparents, foster parents, grandparents, guardians - of all kinds of children.