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a family relationship by virtue of remarriage

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In addition to the ambiguity surrounding steprelationships, there are several other reasons to suspect that beliefs about responsibilities toward an elderly stepparent may not be the same as beliefs regarding the responsibilities of adult children to their parents.
Of course, some steprelationships are as emotionally close and as intense as parent-child bonds.
In this sense, steprelationships are similar to in-law relationships in that both are maintained because of emotional bonds to a mutual third person.
If steprelationships are seen as being similar to in-law relationships, then perhaps we can generalize from these studies to speculate that an adult stepchild will be expected to meet obligations toward an elderly stepparent only if they have a good relationship.