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Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:00 p.m. MDT

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cityslickergrandma
Salt Lake City, UT

I have some experience in this department. My grandmothers and father all died young, and my grandfathers and mother remarried. My best advice is not to force any relationship. Give it time, and allow things to happen naturally. When my parents married, I was 17 and I didn't like my new step-sister. However, we are now close friends. My parent just planned fun things to do as a family, and eventually we all became a family.

MAYHEM MIKE
Salt Lake City, UT

Another source of stress for blended families arises when one or both spouses fail to plan their estates and their families are unintentionally disinherited. Even if each spouse makes a will or trust, improper titling of assets in joint ownership or improper designation of insurance and retirement plan beneficiaries can conflict with and will supercede language in those documents. Adult children of blended families who otherwise lived in harmony when they were young can quickly become embroiled in "family civil war" with each other if their parents have failed to plan their estates properly.

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