Monday, June 4, 2012

What is the definition of a stepfamily

A stepfamily is created when two adults either marry or cohabitate following: 

  • A family divorce
  • Separation
  • End of a long term relationship
  • Death of a spouse
  • When a single parent chooses a life partner

One or both adults may bring biological children to the new family unit.

The children may reside with the couple either full or part time. 

Children who do not reside with their biological parents are still members of the stepfamily.

Adult children of either parent are members of the stepfamily

The adult who is not the biological parent is referred to as the stepparent.

Some family members find it difficult to use the descriptive terms stepfather or stepmother.  They may decide to use alternative terms such as Mom's husband, Dad's wife.

Stepfamily Australia - http://stepfamilyaustralia.posterous.com - A stepfamily is created when two adults either marry or cohabitate following:   A family divorce Separation End of a long term relationship Death of a spouse When a single parent chooses a life partner One or both adults may bring biological children to the new family unit. The children may reside w ...

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