Since then, my mother and I have had to rely on each other.

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Although our family was not wealthy, we lived comfortable and happy lives. However, these good times did not last as my father passed away unexpectedly from a viral infection. This change hit us badly as we lost our important pillar of support. We were distraught and devastated beyond words. Since then, my mother and I have had to rely on each other.

The above is from a Buddhist magazine.

Should it be 'have' instead of 'have had'?

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No. "Have had" is better with "since".
 

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I would say that is the only tense that is correct. With "since", it is typical to use the present perfect.
 
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