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Stepfamilies from a Legal Perspective

WithMargaret M. Mahoney

Within many stepfamilies little attention is paid to the legal aspects of the stepparent-child relationship until a particular problem arises. This article focuses on the ways in which stepfamily members in the United States can take greater control of this dimension of their family life. In many cases, advance planning can prevent legal problems from arising at a later time.