Extension of Family Boundaries
In a first-marriage nuclear family, the members include the biological parents and their blood-related (or adopted) dependent children. In the case of remarriage, the new household will not be complete as it stands, for there will be a family member living outside it (the other biological parent) who must be included within the overall system. Therefore, there will be a “boundary with a hole in it” to offer this parent easy access.
As we shall see with the Duvaliers in chapter 3, this unclosed boundary can be fraught with difficulties. Cliff’s first wife had eloped with his close friend, basically leaving him to mourn for her eternally (she believed). Thus, his enormous contentment with second wife Sara seemed to irk the first wife tremendously, and she was doing everything possible to upset the remarried couple by interfering in their lives whenever and wherever she could.