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Seattle Times: Are Ex-Stepchildren Still Considered Family?

Molly B. Kenny
Founder and Principal Divorce Attorney

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3/12/2010
Molly B. Kenny
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This week the Seattle Times answered an interesting question sent in by a reader: is it appropriate to continue a relationship with your stepchildren even after you have settled your Seattle divorce? While the question is not legal in scope, it does ask an important, emotional question that many going through Washington State divorces might ask.

The etiquette experts who answer the question for Seattle Times readers make a strong point: it is perfectly natural and understandable to want to continue to have a relationship with your step-kids even after your romantic relationship with their mother or father has ended. Even though the family is now separating, it was a family and you were probably an important adult in their lives for a number of years. If you want to keep contact with the children, let your wishes be heard, both by your former spouse and your Seattle divorce attorney.


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