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Question: How can my ex-husband file court papers changing the custody orders made with our divorce, stating that i can not take my son out of the county they live in. hes not even his son. its a long story and i need help getting my kids back.

Answer: Arizona law defines “legal parent” as “a biological or adoptive parent whose parental rights have not been terminated.” A.R.S. § 25-415(G)(2). If the ex-husband adopted the child during the marriage (which would give him the status of a parent), or if he has been granted a status equivalent to that of a parent because he forged a bond with the child during the marriage. A.R.S. § 25-415(G)(1). Such a person (referred to as one who stands “in loco parentis”) may ask for visitation rights or even custody if certain conditions are met. A.R.S. § 25-415(A) and (C). Otherwise, however, a non-parent generally has no right to get involved in a decision like this.

Comments:

On 7/9/07
Barbara said
If i remember correctly she cant unless you adopted those children as your own. I say get a patenity test done so you can prove your not the father

On 9/13/06
michael said
i have been married for 5 years , my wife has 3 children and she is trying to get child support from me even though the children are not mine , is this possible

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