By Julie Garrison
Special to DadsDivorce.com
The law works to protect marriage and nuclear or traditional families.
Stepfamilies, however, are considered incomplete institutions to be ignored and as stigmatized groups, less functional and more problematic than nuclear families.
The "progress" made in expanding the stepparent’s role is primarily geared toward increasing stepparent financial obligations without increases in parental rights or recognition of the important roles that many stepparents play in their stepchildren’s lives.