Establishing Custodial Rights for Non-Parents
In certain circumstances, it becomes necessary for a third party to receive legal custody of a child. This could be because both parents are either unfit, missing, unable to perform parenting functions or a variety of other reasons. Whatever the cause, giving a third party custody of a child or children can help to provide them with the love, support, and stability that they need in a time when their parents are unable or unwilling to do so.
In most cases, third party custody is sought after by grandparents, aunts, uncles, or some other close relative or someone who has been acting as the parent to the child for a significant period of time. If you have a loved one who is a minor that is not being properly cared for by their parents, we can help you determine whether or not you can attain legal custody.
Gaining legal custody will allow you to make decisions on things such as where they attend school, medical coverage and treatment, and much more. It may also require that the biological parents begin paying some type of financial support since they are unwilling or unable to provide the needed care to their children.
While third party custody should be seen as a last resort, it is very important that it is handled correctly when it becomes necessary. If you are seeking to gain custody of a child that is not biologically yours, please contact us right away to discuss all your options.