With the high incidence of divorce and changing patterns of families in the United States, there are increasing numbers of stepfamilies.
New stepfamilies face many challenges.
As with any achievement, developing good stepfamily relationships requires a lot of effort.
Stepfamily members have each experienced losses and face complicated adjustments to the new family situation.
When a stepfamily is formed, the members have no shared family histories or shared ways of doing things, and they may have very different beliefs.
In addition, a child may feel torn between the parent they live with most (more) of the time and their other parent who they visit (e.g. lives somewhere else). Also, newly married couples may not have had much time together to adjust to their new relationship.
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