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Queer StepfamiliesThe Path to Social and Legal Recognition$
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Katie L. Acosta

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479800957

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479800957.001.0001

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“It Really Is Better If We All Just Stay Alive”

“It Really Is Better If We All Just Stay Alive”

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Queer Stepfamilies

Katie L. Acosta

NYU Press

In this chapter Acosta shares the respondent families’ plans in the event of the death of an origin parent. She asked each respondent whether their family had discussed what would happen to the children in this event. Their plans involved (1) preparing wills articulating their wishes for a stepparent to remain the children’s custodial parent, (2) relying on extended family members to ensure that the children could maintain a relationship with their stepparent even if another origin parent became their custodial parent, and (3) relying on a belief that older children will be able to advocate for themselves in family court and ask to remain with their stepparent. The findings suggest that regardless of state of residence, respondents had faith that family courts would preserve stepparent-child bonds only if their children were old enough to choose.

Keywords:   death, family law, custody, stepparent-child bonds

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