WHAT ARE THIRD PARTY RIGHTS?
The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind.
This is what used to be called “Grandparent’s Rights” until a recent statutory change. The purpose of this statute is to allow a person who qualifies, other than a parent to seek decision making (custody) and parenting time with a child. The court must determine before ordering either of these that it is in the child’s best interest to do so. In deciding whether to grant the order, the court shall give special weight to a legal party’s opinion of what serves the child’s best interest, using a statutory list of relative factors. If you have any questions, please call our office as we would be happy to advise you further.