FamilyLife Blended®with Ron L. Deal
Stepparents & the Law 2 Wednesday, May 27, 2020
You may have a deep bond with your stepchild, but you can’t give permission for a dental cleaning. Family law in the U.S. says a child can only have two parents. So, outside of legally adopting a stepchild, stepparents of 15 years have fewer rights than foster parents of a couple of weeks. And, if you want to leave your stepchildren an inheritance, you better have a will because intestacy and probate laws don’t recognize them as valid recipients. What’s the point? When it comes to stepfamilies and the law, don’t make any assumptions.
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