Partly due the increased divorce rate, “composite families” are increasingly common, causing heirs and executors to deal with stepchildren and stepparents in arranging and dividing the inheritance. Stepchildren have a special position in inheritance law. It often happens that a father of one or more children finds a new partner after a divorce and remarries. That new partner may well have children of their own. In that case, those children are stepchildren of the (step)father.