Remarriage and Stepfamilies

Most people will remarry to find a new life partner

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The Start

When couples have children from previous relationships, the two families will join to become one unit.

It may not always be easy

Each family had their own way of doing things. Both families must work to blend their lives.


Younger children usually easily merge into the new family life. Children between the ages of 9 and 15 usually have a much harder time adjusting. Older teens are not as involved in the blending process because they spend more time with friends.

Additional problems will occur

Conflicts With noncustodial parents

The biological parent may be negative to the new partner. The child may have trouble adapting when his/her parents fight. Children may see the new partner as a threat to their relationship with their biological parents.

Work Together to overcome problems

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