Non-Parent Custody Issues in Arizona

In Loco Parentis Lawyer Helps Grandparents and Others with Child Custody Disputes in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

In Arizona, any non-parent — including grandparents, significant others, aunts, uncles, or great grandparents — are able to file for custody if they have been standing in loco parentis to a child. The phrase in loco parentis means non parent custody or a person who has been treated as a parent by the child and who has formed a meaningful parental relationship with the child for a substantial period of time.

In addition to acting in loco parentis, the person must show the court:

  • It would be significantly detrimental to the child to remain or be placed in the custody of either of the child’s living legal parents who wish to retain or obtain custody.
  • There has not been a custody order within one year.
  • And the child’s biological parents are not married, getting divorced, or if one of the biological parents is deceased.
  • That the party filing for custody as acted as a parental figure to the child.

A grandparent, a great-grandparent, or a person who stands in loco parentis to a child may also bring a proceeding for visitation rights with a child. However, in loco parentis law is complex and requires an experienced attorney who knows the statutory factors and is able to present them persuasively to the court. A person who stands in loco parentis may also bring a proceeding for visitation rights with a child.

Karen A. Schoenau is an experienced Scottsdale non-parent custody attorney who has been extremely successful in obtaining results for non-parents through the in loco parentis law, as well as through guardianship, dependency, or grandparents visitation proceedings. She has over two decades of experience in family law — with a focus on complex child custody law. She brings affordable, experienced, and professional representation to all of her clients.

Talk to Our Scottsdale Non-Parent Custody Attorney Today

Contact us by calling 480-845-0251 or toll free at 888-536-4638. You may also contact us online. Attorney Karen Schoenau and her staff want to guide you this process as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Call us today.