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New to the board, so sorry if I sound out of place.
Anyway, here's the problem/dispute going on in my household right now. I'm currently filling out my FAFSA, but there's a disagreement on how I should claim my parents on the form.
My father remarried four years ago (my birth mother died 12 years ago). My stepmother, who I am no close with at all, is being frustrating in this process. My understanding is, I MUST fill out my parents as married/re-married. Once that happens, I include all their tax information, etc.
SHE is under the impression that I do not have to include her financial information. I have three step-sisters (her daughters). One is roughly my age, but we have NEVER lived together and rarely see each other. When my step-sister filled out her FAFSA, although my father is technically her step-father, she didn't include any of his tax information. Is she allowed to do this?
Although my father and step-mother are married, they do not really share finances. So technically, I'm only worth half of what the U.S. government thinks I am anyway. Still, it seems untruthful and possibly illegal to not include my step-mother's information. They are married, the government does define her as a "parent", and I think I'm obligated to include her information? Am I right? Do my stepsister do it incorrectly and cheat the system?