Step-Parent Visitation Rights

Helping Preserve Relationships Between Children and Step-Parents

Although a stepparent is not the biological parent of a child, he or she may still be granted certain visitation and custodial rights with the stepchild. At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our Phoenix stepparent visitation rights lawyer will work closely with stepparents to help them preserve their relationships with their stepchildren.

Considering the Best Interests of the Child

A stepparent who enjoys a loving, parental relationship with a nonbiological child can file for visitation, or even child custody. The stepparent must be classified what the legal system refers to as “in loco parentis”, or like a parent. The court will then take into consideration the type of relationship the child enjoys with the biological parents. Ultimately, the court will make a decision based on what it deems to be in the best interests of the child. Our Arizona family law attorney will work for not only the child’s best interests, but for your interests as well.

When Will a Court Grant Visitation Rights?

Anyone who has developed a parental relationship with a child can apply for visitation rights. However, the court will not always grant such rights. Common cases where the court will award custody or visitation rights occur when a stepparent is the only mother or father the child has ever known, such as when a parent passes away or is incarcerated while the child is very young. If the stepparent and biological parent later divorce, the stepparent is likely to be granted some form of custody or visitation.

Of course, this is not the only situation where a stepparent will get some rights. Like every case, a determination is based on the unique set of facts that is presented to the court. At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our lawyer has more than 20 years of experience representing the rights of stepparents. We will put this experience to work for you.

Call for a Consultation With a Second-Parent Visitation Lawyer

To learn more about your rights as a stepparent, contact our Phoenix stepparent visitation rights attorney online or call 480-209-1918 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

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