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Divorce doesn't necessarily shrink the family

At the end of a marriage, some individuals may fear the loss of close bonds with their children or that the family will become smaller. As it turns out, for many, the family size tends to grow as individuals remarry and add stepchildren to the mix. One study shows that divorce tends to make American families 66 percent larger, as some individuals in Florida may be surprised to learn. 

The university study shows that families are growing larger and there is a need for terms to define the names of the new extended family types, such as the girlfriend of the son of the stepmother for example. With the family expansion also comes questions about familial responsibility. The issue is widespread as the study found that households in which the head in under the age of 55 have a 33 percent likelihood of containing a stepparent. 

Current trends in divorce can explain the rise in family size. Older Americans are ending their marriages in greater numbers than before, and they are also choosing to remarry. For older Americans, the divorce rate has doubled over the last 20 years. 

For some, this leaves questions about what the obligation is to the new family members. The answer to this question will be unique to each family and will depend on several factors. After the divorce, many people will find the need to rethink how they relate to their family. During a divorce, some feel that a Florida family law attorney can help with guidance that can create a family structure that works and can expand as the family does.  

Source: Bloomberg, "Divorce Is Making American Families 66% Bigger", Ben Steverman, Dec. 18, 2017

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