The responsibilities of a stepparent depend on state law. A stepparent usually is not required to pay child support for a spouse’s child from another marriage unless the stepparent has adopted the child. Until then, the child’s biological parents are liable for the child’s support. However, some states make stepparents responsible for the stepchild’s support as long as the stepparent and stepchild are living together.
A stepchild usually does not share in the stepparent’s estate unless the stepparent has provided for the stepchild in a will. However, an unmarried stepchild under eighteen may receive supplemental retirement benefits or survivor’s benefits under Social Security.
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