Q: How can a Judge decide a biological parent was a 'de facto custodian'?
Is there any way to appeal or overturn the original court order from 2017?
A: I do not have the information about the case to give a definitive answer. However, a judge can after a review of all the evidence and testimony decide that parent (biological or not) is the de facto custodian of a child. Since the court order was in 2017, the appeal period has passed, although an interested party can file a petition with the trial court alleging a material change in circumstances since the 2017 order was issued--if that can be proved.
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