Hands down, bringing two households together to form a stepfamily can be hard work and the art of 'blending' is often more difficult than first anticipated.
The impact children have on the survival of the stepfamily is great and this is only compounded when stepsiblings do not get along.
This can place substantial strain on a couple's relationship; thus, placing the stepfamily unit at risk.
With stepfamilies facing the highest rate of break-up during the first 2 years it is essential for couples to approach merging their families from a systematic standpoint.
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