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Third Party Custody

Children's interests are best served when divorcing parents can establish an amicable relationship for their care and well being. Nonetheless, there are times when a child's parents are not fit or able to provide them with the care and support they need. Third party custody matters arise when someone other than the biological parents seek legal custody.

The capacity of a parent to care for the child is the primary issue in a third party's challenge to parental preference. Olson Law has the resources and understanding of Minnesota law to navigate the obstacles in making a successful case for alternative custody.

Generally, third party custody placement is due to the biological parent's inability or refusal to parent the child because of physical or mental incapacity, chemical dependency, neglect, abuse or other difficulties.

A third party custody petition allows an individual who is not the legal parent of a child to petition for legal or physical custody. Petitioners might include grandparents, blood relatives or stepparents. In special circumstances, courts have awarded third party custody to such petitioners as biological aunts and uncles, foster parents, same-sex partners, companions of deceased natural parents or former companions of living natural parents.

Third party custody cases are unique in that courts must balance the rights of biological parents along with the best interests of the minor child involved. Restricting parental rights is a complex and exacting procedure.

Olson Law will help you determine your qualification to petition for custody as a de facto custodian, the primary caretaker of a child for the past two years, or an interested third party, who can prove parental neglect or abuse. We'll assess your options and create an approach that reaches a balanced agreement to protect children during a difficult time.

Life is complicated. When you're faced with a family crisis, you want a compassionate yet diligent attorney who can be a fierce advocate for your case. Heather Olson empowers clients to evaluate options and protect their rights. With a responsive, intelligent approach, Heather will guide you through the difficulties ahead to minimize their impact on your life. Her knowledge and insight offer resources that specifically support the needs of couples struggling with divorce, child custody, parenting, and the many challenges related to family law.

Let's start with your story. Call 763-682-4009 for a free consultation.

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