How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Family Law Answers Your Own Question
Family Law Answers
Family Law Answers, Family Law Attorney
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 1267
Experience:  more than 16 years experience as an attorney - current family law litigation + mediation practice
12143673
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
Family Law Answers is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

do step parents have any legal obligations re their step

Resolved Question:

do step parents have any legal obligations re: their step children?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Family Law Answers replied 7 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.

 

I hope that this answers your question; if so, please click the green Accept button. Thanks very much and I wish you well here.

Customer: replied 7 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 7 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.

 

 

Family Law Answers and 2 other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you

Related Family Law Questions