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  1. 1. Stepfamily Issues and Rights<br />Mary Kay Altenburg<br />Kelsey Hodge<br />Laura Shane<br />Cori Mansfield<br />
  2. 2. Stepfamily Relationships<br />Historical Development<br />Pathways to Stepfamily Life<br />Media Coverage<br />Implications for Families<br />Federal and State Responses<br />Recommendations for Change<br /> Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Stepfamily<br />Complex<br />Simple<br />Stepparent<br />Stepchild<br />Stepsibling<br />Step-grand-parent<br /> Stepfamily Relationships<br />
  4. 4. Death (not divorce) was the original path to stepfamily formation<br />Imbedded inheritance issue<br />Legal adoption by a stepparent<br />In modern times, divorce is the most common path to stepfamily formation<br /> Historical Perspective<br />
  5. 5. Divorce (Most Common)<br />Bereavement<br />Never-Married Parents<br />At least one partner must have a child from a previous relationship <br />Pathways to Stepfamily Life<br />Bereavement<br />Never-Married<br />Divorce<br /> Remarriage/<br /> Stepfamily<br />Never-Married<br />Divorce<br />Bereavement<br />
  6. 6. Trends and Statistics<br />
  7. 7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6SdCDpvTnw<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki5GyO0tRWc<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W5VfT4qMYw&feature=related<br />Stepfamilies in the Media<br />
  8. 8. Paths by which individuals find themselves in stepfamilies have important implications for stepfamily dynamics<br />Social<br />Political<br />Legal <br />Economic<br />Ethical<br />Implications for Families<br />
  9. 9. Stepfamily living can have positive and negative effects on all family members<br />Negative:<br />Children in stepfamilies on average:<br />Do not achieve as well as children living with both parents academically<br />Are more likely to leave home at a younger age<br />Exhibit more internalizing behaviorproblems<br />Exhibit more externalizing behavior problems as adolescents <br />Have more peer problems and prosocial behavior problems<br />Social Implications for Stepfamiiles<br />
  10. 10. Federal and State Responses<br />No federal policies regarding stepparent or stepchild visitation rights<br />Each state determines own policies<br />In most states, stepparents have few legal rights<br />Stepchildren are not recognized as dependents<br />
  11. 11. Federal Policy<br />Policies relating to economics<br />Inconsistent<br />
  12. 12. CURRENT STATE POLICIES<br />Only 11 of the Fifty states <br />Allow visitation by a Stepparent<br />
  13. 13. State Policy Restrictions<br />Of the eleven states, only four do not have restrictions:<br />Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Tennessee<br />California & Illinois: unconstitutional<br />Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania: “in loco parentis”<br />Wisconsin: only for surviving spouse<br /> (American Bar Assn., 2009)<br />
  14. 14. NEVADA POLICY<br />Policy is written for “third party” visitation rights <br />Only Grandparents are granted visitation rights, under specific circumstances <br />Stepparents do not have visitation rights <br /> (American Bar Assn., 2009)<br />
  15. 15. Conclusions and Recommendations<br />

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