2006 年 13 巻 p. 57-72
Stepfamilies are increasingly common in Japan. In 2004, about three-fifth of all divorced couples were ones raising minor children, and more than one-fifth of all married couples were remarried ones. This article provides the current state of laws affecting stepfamilies. The review demonstrates that for the most part, stepparents do not have a legally recognized status in relation to their stepchildren. Some suggestions for legal reform will be made.