The Difference Between Biological & Step-Children
First of all, I am not referring to step-children here. That is step siblings are not equated to biological siblings. To treat these two distinct group the same would require compelling circumstances to separate step siblings in all cases of blended families.
The Simply Answer
In short, the Court will not separate biological siblings absent a compelling reason to do so and a close relationship with a step sibling does not meet this criteria. In addition, assuming a compelling reason exists to separate siblings, the separation of the siblings must also be in ALL of the children's best interest.
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