Q: can i get custody of non biological children
i hAVE six children 3 of them whore are my childrens sibiling that i have raised 100% there lives 3,4,8 mother is absent for over 3 years and father and i are seperated i raise the children 100% on my own and have played the role of single parent half of there lifes alone since seperation i have had no funds no help all alone and succesfully making it. can i get custody of my childrens sibiling if iv raised them all there life
A: To obtain custody of a child who is not your biological child, you will have to overcome a legal presumption that the child's legal parent is acting in the best interests of the child. Raising the child may be enough to overcome the presumption that the legal parent is acting in the child's best interests.
A: Factors the court will consider in deciding whether you have overcome the presumption include:
(A) Whether you are or recently have been the child’s primary caretaker;
(B) Circumstances detrimental to the child exist if relief is denied;
(C) The legal parent has fostered, encouraged or consented to the relationship between the child and you;
(D) Granting relief would not substantially interfere with the custodial relationship; or
(E) The legal parent has unreasonably denied or limited contact between the child and you.
You should contact an experienced family law attorney to determine your best options depending on the specifics of your case.
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