Stepparent Visitation Rights Attorney
According to the U.S. Bureau of Census, of the 60 million American children under the age of 13, half are currently living with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner. It is believed that half of those children (25% of all children) suffer second and third divorces, losing contact and relationships with stepparents.
The Court may grant a stepparent visitation of a child, if it is found to be in the best interest of the child. An order for stepparent visitation must not conflict with visits by birth parents. The Court will examine whether or not visitation is in the best interest of the child, because of conflict, struggles, and disruptions between the parent and the stepparent. But the Court understands that children often find themselves without a biological parent who is capable of providing adequate physical and psychological needs. In these situations, a stepparent may be the best person to provide care to the child.
If you have found yourself in the middle or the end of a divorce and feel that you are leaving a child behind, you may have a right to seek that award from the Court to maintain some visitation with your stepchild. This type of visitation does not reach the level of custody or responsibility as a guardianship and may be just what you need!
If you have any questions regarding stepparent visitation, stepchild custody, or other family law matters, the Law Office of Heath L. Baker will help you. Please contact us at (951) 222-2228, or at our website: www.heathbakerlaw.com. We would love to talk to you in person and discuss the family law or divorce issues that are important to you.