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Is My Girlfriend Related to Me Now?

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From Newfoundland: My mother’s mother died so my grandfather married a new women and that new women Is my girlfriend’s grandmother’s sister… so do that mean me and my girlfriend are related?

Is My Girlfriend Related to Me Now?

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The simple answer is “no”. You are not biologically related and an intimate relationship with her would not be incestuous. If you are interested in each other and the real question is whether it is okay for you to date, I think it’s fine.

Depending on how your family defines family membership, the two of you may be considered as part of the same extended family. But that is a different matter. Families often embrace people who are not biologically related.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Is My Girlfriend Related to Me Now?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2019). Is My Girlfriend Related to Me Now?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/02/20/is-my-girlfriend-related-to-me-now/
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