chapter  12
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The Rights of Parents and Stepparents: Toward a Redefinition of Parental Rights and Obligations

The courts often have a difficult time deciding which of the two parents is the more fit in the process of assigning custody. This decision becomes even more complex when there are one or two other adults who are to become involved in the rearing of the child. Although it is felt that the primary responsibility for the child rests with the parent, a third party who enters into a romantic relationship with one of the parents after the divorce becomes involved, to varying degrees, in the day-to-day life of the child (Gregory et aL, 1993).1