Third Party Custody

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Third Party Custody

Situations may arise that call for custody arrangements outside the normal parent-child relationship. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we represented a variety of cases involving third-party custody — that is, representing a client other than a biological or adoptive parent who seeks legal authority similar to that of a parent. If you are up against any situation that calls for solid legal counsel on non-parental (third-party) custody, please contact the Stange Law Firm, PC. Our attorneys focus exclusively on family law. That’s all they do. They handle third-party custody issues on a regular basis and have the added knowledge and experience to listen to your concerns and help you make realistic, productive choices. At the Stange Law Firm, PC, we will support you every step of the way through this heart-wrenching phase of your case.

Representing Relatives, Caregivers, and Parents Being Denied Their Rights

  • Grandparent or another relative who believes the children are in a harmful or at-risk situation and that neither of the parents is able or fit to provide proper care
  • Someone who is already caring for children who are not your own but may need the legal right to make medical decisions and collect child support to provide for them
  • A young parent who is being unfairly denied parental rights
  • “De facto” parent fulfilling the role of mother or father to a significant other’s children, when the parent is not concerned or involved
If you fit in any of the above categories, Stange Law Firm, PC, can help you.  You can also read another page on this topic titled: Third Party Visitation Rights in Missouri.

Dealing With Parental Rights and Grandparent Custody

We treat parental rights — and grandparents’ rights — with the utmost care. However, we do recognize that there are cases where children are far better off in another’s care. The law takes into consideration what is in “the best interest of the child” — and we will take the necessary actions to uphold it. Finances are another important part of raising children and we take a practical approach in child guardianship cases. Grandparents or others fulfilling the obligations of parenting should be able to make important decisions and have access to child support and take advantage of tax deductions, when appropriate and possible.

Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana Third Party Custody Lawyers

We treat every case individually with the care and respect you deserve. To sit down with a third-party custody issues lawyer, contact Stange Law Firm, PC, for your confidential consultation. We have offices in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Wichita, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Omaha, and Lincoln.


Full Service Child Custody Representation

Our child custody practice focuses on protecting the wellbeing of children and the rights of parents. We handle issues such as:
Often called parenting time, visitation is the amount of time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. We can handle a broad spectrum of visitation matters.
Creating a parenting plan
Getting visitation rights means drafting a parenting plan that works. We can help.
Relocation with a child
Courts have continuing jurisdiction over child custody and visitation orders. So, when a parent wants to move, it is usually necessary to get the court's permission first. Failure to do so can put your time with your child in jeopardy.
Enforcement of orders
If a parent fails to follow a child custody order, it may be possible to take him or her to court to enforce the order.
Contempt of court
If you are found to have repeatedly ignored a court order, you may be found in contempt of court.
Modification of orders:
When you need a court order changed, you can work with the experienced attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC.
Custody Issues for Nonmarried Parents
Next to divorce actions, paternity cases (custody and support cases between unmarried parents) are among the most common cases in family law.
Parental Rights
Parents are often concerns about their parental rights, especially fathers in certain circumstances.
Family Access Motions
If you are being denied access to your children, you may want to consider a family access motion.
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
If you have jurisdictional issues involving your custody case, you will want an attorney familiar with the UCCJEA.
Custody Evaluations
If you have a complex custody case where psychological issues or abuse may be in play, you might want to consider a child custody evaluation
Hague Convention
If you are dealing with an international child custody dispute, and perhaps child abduction, knowing about the Hague Convention is often critical.
Third-Party Custody
If you are not the biological parents, in certain cases all may not be lost. You might have a right to third party custody in certain situations.
Fertility and Surrogacy
Fertility and surrogacy is a growing area of the law for those who want children.
In some custody cases, parties might live far apart. This can result in difficult child custody cases with transportation at issue.

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