New law to give more power to step-parents

A new law backed by the PSD/CDS-PP coalition plans to give step-parents rights over their spouses’ children, in the event of spouse death or incapacity. Due to come up for debate in parliament this week, the law would apply to all those married or simply in permanent live-in relationships and is also expected to apply to homosexual couples. According to Portuguese media, the PS is all for the idea.