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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
As an attorney who practices family law and a former stepparent, I find it odd that a stepdaughter would identify herself as a "daughter" of the deceased, in the United States. Legally, stepchildren are quite different from biological children, and have virtually no rights with respect to the stepparent, and stepparents have virtually no responsibilities to stepchildren. The good Captain could have adopted a stepdaughter if he desired to create the legal relationships flowing naturally from the blood relationship. Based on my experience, few stepchildren would have used the verbiage Bountysdaughter did in describing herself.
I am not saying it is not possible, just a bit odd. Of course, later-in-life marriages and blended families in the U.S. have blurred many legal distinctions in the eyes of some in these kinds of families.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 12-17-2012 at 09:39 AM.