Third-party custody

Child custody issues do not always pertain to divorce.  Issues sometimes come into play when a couple has a child and has never married.  Now, they are breaking up and a custody dispute arises.

Today, with so many blended and extended families, someone other than the biological parent has become the child’s primary caretaker.  That person can seek custody.  Examples of a third-party include a stepparent, foster parent or grandparent.  Courts look at the best interests of the child when making a custody decision – an individual who will take care of the child’s happiness, health, safety, and overall well-being.

Custody issues involve emotional and personal matters.  In cases such as these, it is wise to contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who knows how the courts handle these cases and can help you put together a successful plan when a child’s custody is at stake.