Supporting Stepfamilies, Avoiding Divorce

Real Solutions for Real Stepfamilies


On this episode of The Smart Divorce with Deborah Moskovitch, we discuss Real Solutions for Stepfamilies.

Our guest, Mary KellyOpens in a new tab. provides us with a framework for considerations when having the important conversations when merging families.  She provides the do’s and don’ts for making this new family more likely to work.  Ms. Kelly is a therapist who has been working with and writing about stepcouples, stepfamilies, step kids, stepmoms and stepdads for over a decade. The number one declaration that stepcouples, and especially stepmothers tell her is: “We/I had no idea it would be this hard!”Why is it so hard?  In this episode of The Smart Divorce we discuss what many in remarriage or re-partnership with children find themselves saying:

  • “Am I really supposed to love his/her children?”
  • “What does being a step-parent mean?”
  • “Do I really parent a child who isn’t mine?”
  • “Just because I don’t have kids, doesn’t mean I don’t have a valid opinion.”
  • ….and much more

And, then, based on these conversations provide solutions and strategies to maintain a healthy, loving relationship for the couple.

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Real Solutions for Real StepfamiliesOpens in a new tab.

On this episode of The Smart Divorce with Deborah Moskovitch we discuss Real Soloutions for Stepfamilies. Did you know that the divorce rate for remarriages with children is at a whopping 62-70%? Did you know that most stepfamilies take years (four to six) before family members even begin to feel comfortable with one another, let alone love one another?

Deborah Moskovitch

This blog post was written by Deborah Moskovitch the author of "The Smart Divorce", the catalyst for this website. This evergreen book covers how to manage the divorce process for a less painful result.

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