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Noun1.steprelationship - a family relationship by virtue of remarriage
affinity - (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
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Some have suggested that the problems characteristic of steprelationships are incidental consequences of the creation of a "parent-offspring" relationship too late.
The tensions characteristic of steprelationships are cross-culturally ubiquitous.
Additionally, there are no genetic ties or legally mandated responsibilities between adult stepchildren and stepparents, nor are there normative guidelines for mutual responsibilities and interactions for adult steprelationships.