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2006

Administrative Law

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Stepparent status

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Stepparents As Third Parties In Relation To Their Stepchildren, Margaret Mahoney Jan 2006

Stepparents As Third Parties In Relation To Their Stepchildren, Margaret Mahoney

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The "third parties" who inspired this symposium are categories of adults who form de facto family ties with children to whom they do not stand in the relationship of legal parent. In the eyes of the law, the status of parenthood is generally restricted to biological and adoptive parents. Within this frame of reference, stepparents constitute a major category of "third parties" who develop relationships with their stepchildren but are not regarded as legal parents.

In spite of the long history of stepfamily issues in the legal arena, and the increased demand for regulation in recent decades, little progress has …