Are my stepchildren still my step children if we aren’t married?

In short, yes.

De facto relationships are now recognised under the Family Law Act and in many other legal frameworks and jurisdictions in Australia and internationally.

No different to if you have children with one another and are unmarried, you will still bears the same rights and responsibilities as you would regardless of whether you are legally married to their parent.

The only real benefit, per se, of marriage, is that you can more readily evidence your lawful connection to their biological parent. Practically, however, it doesn’t mean much else.

The important thing is the role you play in the lives of those children, by being a caring, safe and kind adult when you have them with you.

And that’s it. Short and sweet.

JP x

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