Does A Stepdad Have A Shot At Gaining Child Custody?

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Question: I have raised my stepdaughter since she was 5 years old. I have supported her financially for the last 10 years as her biological father has been out of the picture her entire life. Unfortunately, my wife has started drinking heavily and I don’t think our marriage is salvageable.


Vacating Adoption In Cases Of Abuse

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Question: My children are adopted by my soon-to-be ex-wife and are afraid of her. She rarely has anything to do with them since she abandoned us last year and has been verbally and mentally abusive to all of us. Since she is not the biological mother, can we vacate the


Knowing And Understanding Stepparents’ Rights

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According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, less than half of U.S. kids younger than 18 live in a “traditional family” household. Today, 15 percent of children are living with two parents who are in a remarriage. According to data from the 2013 Current Population Survey, six percent


Can Stepparents Be Awarded Custody Or Visitation Rights?

mens divorce lawyer Janet Yu Johnston

Question: What are the child custody laws pertaining to stepparent visitation rights? Is there a chance that a stepfather could receive visitation with his stepchild post-divorce? The child’s biological father is no longer in the picture and the stepfather is the only Dad he knows. Can child custody agreements be


How To Handle Co-Parenting Issues

Divorce lawyer Christian Barnard

Question: I need some marriage separation advice on how to handle my children’s sleeping arrangements and if there is an issue of child neglect while my wife and I are going through our divorce. She is allowing my minor stepdaughter, who is 17, to spend the night in the same