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Question #22971 posted on 02/11/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Several years ago, my parents adopted some of our cousins after one of our aunts died. One of these cousins now has a daughter. If I'm not mistaken, the blood relationship between me and this adorable girl would be a first cousin once removed. First of all, is this right? Secondly, from a legal standpoint, would she be considered one of my nieces?

- Mania

A: Dear Mania,
How good of your parents to step in and take care of your cousins. It is gratifying to see family members fulfill familial obligations in an age when most people shirk responsibility. Yes, that adorable little girl is your first cousin once removed by blood, but due to the somewhat unusual legal status of your cousins, she would legally be your niece. She'll still be adorable no matter what you call her.

- de novo -