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Scottsdale Attorneys for Third-Party Custody

Petitions for Custody and Termination of Parental Rights

When a child has been abandoned or abused, or when a parent is unfit because of drug addiction or mental illness, family members have standing to petition in family court for custody.

The Scottsdale attorneys of Childers & Huey PLC have successfully represented third parties seeking custody in these cases, which often are hotly contested and pit one side of the family against another. We keep the focus on the safety and well-being of the child at the heart of the dispute.

To discuss your standing to sue for third-party custody, please call 480-624-2776 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys.

Scottsdale Lawyers for Third-Party Custody

We have represented grandparents, stepparents, adult siblings, aunts and uncles, godparents and even nonrelatives in petitioning for custody. The court's criteria for removing a child from custody is an immediate threat to the child's welfare or a determination that the natural parent is unfit. But that is only half the battle. The court must also find that the third party petitioning for custody can provide a safe and stable environment, and that the child will be better off in that household than being placed in foster care.

We help our clients show the court that they are fit for custody and that it is in the best interests of the child or children to stay with family members. We can guide clients through psychological evaluations, home studies and any other requirements of the court.

Adoption and Termination of Rights

We also handle proceedings for termination of parental rights, as when the father is in prison or the mother has abandoned the child for more than a year. Termination of parental rights severs that parent's supervision, visitation and input into the child's upbringing, but it does not automatically terminate child support obligations. This is a necessary step for stepparent adoption, grandparent adoption or any third-party adoption. In some cases, the natural parent will voluntarily relinquish rights or fail to contest it. In other cases, termination can be a high-conflict courtroom battle.

We are always steered by what's best for the child. If you are seeking custody as a third party to rescue a child from an unhealthy situation, we can explain your rights and prepare compelling arguments.

Please call our office at 480-624-2776 today or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our Arizona grandparent custody lawyers.