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Can Non Biological Parents Get Child Custody or Timesharing?

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In Missouri, non-biological parents may be able to obtain custody or timesharing (visitation) rights for a child under certain circumstances. Here are some key points regarding this issue in Missouri:

  • Step-Parent Adoptions: If a non-biological parent adopts their spouse’s child through a step-parent adoption, they become a legal parent with full parental rights, including the ability to seek custody or visitation if the relationship with the other parent ends.
  • Third-Party Custody/Visitation: Missouri law allows non-parents, including non-biological parents, to seek court-ordered custody or visitation rights under certain circumstances, such as when the biological parents are unfit, unwilling, or unable to care for the child properly.

It’s important to note that the standards for non-biological parents to obtain custody or visitation rights in Missouri are generally quite high, and the court’s primary consideration is the best interests of the child. Non-biological parents often need to demonstrate a significant parental role and relationship with the child, as well as the inability of the biological parent(s) to properly care for the child.

If you are a non-biological parent seeking custody or visitation in Missouri, it is advisable to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can evaluate your specific situation and guide you through the legal process.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 408-5957.

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