In the event that a child's parent is unable to provide the best possible situation for a child, others who are closely involved may petition for non-parental custody. This could include the child's grandparents, stepparents, aunts or uncles, or close family friends.
According to Arizona law, a non-parent request for custody can be filed if the person can establish "In Loco Parentis," which is to say that they stand in the place of the parents. This is a situation where the child already treats the person requesting custody as a parent and a strong, meaningful relationship over a substantial period of time can be shown. A non-parent can request custody by showing that the child's relationship with a parent would be significantly harmful and not in the best interests of the child.
Family attorney Brad Crider can help establish "In Loco Parentis" in the eyes of the court and also work with the non-parent in filing petitions and other important paperwork. Because family relationships are a very emotional issue, Brad is able to show the sensitivity and concern needed to help you see a positive outcome. His experience working with families throughout Arizona has helped him to develop the right skills needed for such cases.
Our attorneys understand parental rights
The laws surrounding parental rights in Arizona are complex. You may know that non-parental custody would be in the best interests of the child, but in the eyes of the law, that's not enough. You need to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that you have legitimate grounds to seek custody. We can help.
Take strong legal action to take care of the child or children in your life. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 today to speak with a dedicated Mesa family law attorney.