Stepfamily Reality #4 - Two Homes
An intact nuclear biofamily (parents and de-pendent kids) normally lives in one home. Typical nuclear stepfamilies (co-parents and visiting and resident minor kids) live in two or more homes wo-ven tightly together for years by child visitations, legal agreements and responsibilities, genes, his-tory, finances, special events, roles, expectations, and deep emotions.
The only nuclear stepfamily that lives in one home is one where all biokids or non-custodial bio-parents are dead or "gone." There are still usually emotional and other ties with the absent people, living ex in-laws, and with stepkin living in many other homes.