Any Legal Rights or Obligations for Step-Parents?

February 24, 2011  |  

(Black Enterprise) — If you’ve gotten married recently and your new love has kids, congratulations—you’re a stepparent! But what are your legal rights and responsibilities?  In a nutshell, you have none. While you might perform all the day-to-day tasks of a biological parent, stepparents have no legal rights or responsibilities when it comes to their stepchildren. Marie Washington, an attorney at the law offices of Mark B. Williams in Warrenton, Virginia, breaks down what stepparents can and cannot do legally. (Laws vary according to your state, so seek the counsel of an attorney near you for specific advice.)

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