Stepparents can take many forms: from the conflict-provoking intruders to the co-parenting allies, to the helpful go-between for legal parents. Over this past weekend, a story popped up on Facebook that challenged the rhetoric of the “evil stepparent” and tugged at the heartstrings of many. Todd Bachman, father of the bride at his daughter’s wedding in Elyria, Ohio, stepped out of the wedding procession to invite his daughter’s stepfather to join him in walking her down the aisle. News sources are reporting that Mr. Bachman stepped out of the procession, grabbed his daughter’s stepfather’s hand and said “Hey, come with me. You’ve had just as big a part in raising this child. It’s time you and me walk our daughter down the aisle together.” The wedding photographer reported “not a dry eye in the house, including mine.”
Here at BAM, we thought the best part of the story was the reaction of the bride, Brittany Peck, who was quoted as saying: “It meant the world to me.”
It’s always nice when parents and stepparents can come together to do what’s best for the children. We’ve heard many parents say that there’s always a soft spot in your heart for someone who treats your child kindly. However, we’re also aware that, while it takes two to tango, it often only takes one to create conflict. We’re always interested to hear our client’s experiences of what stepparents have brought to the picture, whether serving as a calming influence, a helpful hand in logistics or as triggers for conflict, aggression, and sometimes—most unfortunately—even abuse.
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