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Third Party Visitation & Custody Attorney in Mesa

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Courts often assume that children should remain in the care of their legal parents, but this is not always the case. In some situations, a third party such as a grandparent, sibling, or stepparent may want to secure visitation or custody. A court will grant third party custody or visitation rights in Mesa to these parties in limited circumstances.

If you are seeking third party custody or visitation rights, you need an attorney on your side. In these situations, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our Mesa third party custody and visitation lawyer can guide you through the litigation process and advocate aggressively for an optimal resolution.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney specializes in complex child custody cases and has been representing Arizona families in their legal proceedings since 1987.
  • We prioritize the needs of children when crafting case strategies and advocate aggressively for the best interests of your stepchild, sibling, or grandchildren throughout your case.
  • Our attorney has received multiple awards and distinctions recognizing her dedication to our clients, including the Maricopa County Bar Association Bar Lawyer of the Month.

Custody and Visitation Rights for Third Parties in Mesa

You can secure third party custody and visitation if an Arizona court believes that it would be in the best interests of the child. According to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-409, you will need to meet a series of important requirements in order to obtain these rights.

To secure visitation time with a stepchild, sibling, or grandchild, you will need to show that the child’s parents have been divorced for at least three months, the child was born out of wedlock, or that one of the legal parents is deceased or has been missing for at least three months.

If you want to secure custody, you will need to prove the following facts.

  • You stood in loco parentis to the child, meaning that you acted as a parent and developed a meaningful parental relationship with the child for a substantial period of time.
  • It would be significantly detrimental to the child to be in the custody of his or her legal parents.
  • No custody order has been entered for the child within one year. This does apply if the child is in imminent danger.
  • The parents are not married, a divorce is pending, or one of the parents is deceased.

Why You Need a Mesa Third Party Custody and Visitation Lawyer

If you are seeking custody or visitation over a child and you are not the child’s legal parent, you need an attorney on your side. Courts often assume that it is in the child’s best interest to remain in the care of his or her legal parents, and you will need to prove that you are eligible to request third party custody or visitation rights in Mesa. In these situations, our lawyer can help you gather evidence and craft a compelling case in your favor, protecting the child’s best interests in the process.

Additionally, our family lawyer from the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau will have experience navigating similar claims and can provide you with guidance and advice during each stage of your case. Your lawyer can also help preserve objectivity during highly emotional legal proceedings, reducing the stress and burden that often accompany these cases.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Are you seeking third party custody or visitation rights in Mesa? The Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can represent you in these complex proceedings. Message us or call 480-467-3435 to schedule a consultation with a Mesa third party custody and visitation lawyer.

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