In special circumstances, persons other than biological or adoptive parents can apply for custody of a child. Third party custody claims are necessary in situations where the custodial parent(s) have been deemed unfit to care for their children. For example, a case involving abandonment could create reason to establish third party custody. Contact our Morris County child custody lawyer at O’Sullivan Law Group for immediate legal help.
At the core of every third party custody case is the idea of the “psychological parent.” Psychological parents are defined as individuals who have assumed the role of legal parent when the actual legal parent is unable or unwilling to do so.
The role of the psychological parent is so powerful, in fact, that the name was derived from the Supreme Court decision in Sorentino v. Family & Children’s Soc. Of Elizabeth, whereby it was acknowledged that the “possibility of serious psychological harm to the child... [should] transcend all other considerations.”
The following criteria must be used to declare someone a psychological parent:
If you have reason to establish third party custody over a child (or children) in your life, do not wait to contact us at the O’Sullivan Law Group. Backed by years of experience working in the divorce and family law field, we are well-equipped to help with your third party custody case. Your first consultation with a Morris County custody attorney at our office is completely free of charge – call now to schedule an appointment.