Not every marriage works out, people change over time, and the pressures of having a life together can lead to unstable home life. Despite older attitudes about divorce, which simply do not match up with today, it is often simply in the spouses' best interests and their children to divorce.
Just as views about divorce are changing, so are opinions about growing up. For one, stepchildren are much more common than in many previous generations. It is not unusual for a child to be raised primarily by one parent and a stepparent, or even by both parents and their new spouses equally. This leads to many children become attached to their stepparents, just as if they were their biological parents. But as strong as these emotional bonds may be, stepparents have a different legal status.
Without filing adoption paperwork, a stepparent cannot have parental custody of a stepchild. Among other things, this means stepparents are not immediately entitled to visitation rights or other interaction with their stepchildren. In situations where that child's biological parents share custody, this can lead to emotional difficulties if that child's parent and stepparent get a divorce.
Every emotional bond a child forms with a caretaker is essential and should be taken seriously. If a child's parent & stepparent are divorcing, and that child is attached to the stepparent, it may be in the interests of both to come to some kind of visitation agreement. Even if the stepparent does not gain full legal custody, it may be possible to create an arrangement where the bond can continue.
If you & your spouse are considering a divorce, and one of you is a stepparent to the other's child, it may be in the child's best interests to preserve any strong emotional bonds with the stepparent. An experienced California divorce attorney will work with you to create a plan that works for all of you.
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