Category Archives: Stepparenting

Why Second Marriages Tend to Fail

Statistics suggest that a second (or even the third) marriage does not pay off with a ticket to the promised land of marital happiness. Unrealistic expectations of a blended family break up many second and third marriages. Marriages freighted with … Continue reading

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A Foundation for a Blended Family

The blended family (the “yours, mine and ours” as in the Brady Bunch) is the new norm, yet a remarriage – one that brings with it children from a previous marriage – means a tough climb up a steep hill. … Continue reading

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Building the Blended Family

According to the American Psychological Association, the so-called “blended family” is no longer an aberration in American society; it is the norm. Yet a remarriage – one that brings with it children from a previous marriage – presents many challenges. Theirs is the hope … Continue reading

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Dealing with Differences in Blended Families

Part of the success of building a blended family happens when the partners – Mom, Dad and their children – can deal with the differences inherent in all stepfamilies. Differences in parenting, discipline, and lifestyle may become more pronounced and can become a source … Continue reading

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Staggering Stepfamily Statistics

The majority of families have shifted from the original biologically bonded mother, father and child. The United States is now a nation in which the majority of families are divorced, yet most remarry or form living together relationships. These families … Continue reading

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The Failure of Second Marriages and Stepfamilies

Children from a previous marriage seem associated with the failures of second marriages, according to a 2002 study by the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the CDC in the USA), which collected information on marital failures. Women who … Continue reading

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A Stepparent’s Rights After a Divorce

Many stepparents grow very close to their spouse’s children, and some stepparents come to be like parents to their stepchildren. During a divorce, however, stepparents can lose all legal rights to their former spouse’s children. This can result in a … Continue reading

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The Successful Blended Family

In a stepfamily, previously married spouses decide to make a life together in a new, blended family that includes children from one or both previous relationships.  Step parenting is both rewarding and challenging, but a blended family requires time to … Continue reading

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After the Stepparent Adoption

When a natural father consents to the adoption of his children, or when the court does it involuntarily, he no longer has any legal relationship with his child.  He is not entitled to visitation and has no voice in the … Continue reading

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A Father’s Rights When a Stepfather Adopts His Child

A birth father must consent to the adoption of his child by a stepfather. When the adoption happens, the natural father no longer has any rights to the child, but he can prevent the adoption by objecting. A birth father … Continue reading

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