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do step parents have any legal obligations re their step

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do step parents have any legal obligations re: their step children?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Family Law Answers replied 8 years ago.

Hi and thanks for your question.


No, as a general rule, a stepparent does not have any legal obligation toward their stepchildren - - Just as they would not have any parental rights, they would have no parental responsibilities, including financial such as child support, toward their stepchildren.


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I was wondering more so about legal responsibilities in terms of health care expenses/debt in the event a large hospital/clinic bill were to occur, especially if they were covered under my health insurance as a step child. Or if a step child were to be involved in an automobile accident, could a step parent be held legally/financially responsibe for damages, again considering that they would be under the same family auto policy.
Expert:  Family Law Answers replied 8 years ago.

The stepparent should not be legally obligated to pay the stepchild's uninsured medical expenses even if the stepchild is on the stepparent's medical insurance.


If there was a motor vehilce accident caused by the stepchild that is the fault of the stepchild, the stepchild should be liable for the damages caused, not the stepparent.



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