It's no secret in El Paso that divorce and remarriage have reshaped the American family over the past 50 years. Numerous studies have highlighted the family-breaking aspects of divorce, including child custody, child support, visitation plans and other divorce legal issues. Less attention has been paid to the family-growing effects following the end of a marriage and the emotions surrounding "blended" families. However, that may be changing.
A new analysis shows that American family size when stepchildren and grown children are included has grown 66 percent since the mid-1990s. In fact, the data shows that 33 percent of couples over the age of 55 have at least one adult stepchild.