It is possible for a step-parent to win visitation rights with the step-children they’ve been raising, but it requires that you demonstrate to the court that there are extraordinary circumstances in play.
Essentially, if your spouse objects to you having visitation with their children after your divorce, you have a steep uphill climb in convincing a judge to overrule the childrens’ natural parent.
On the other hand, for many step-children, the divorcing step-parent is the only father or mother figure they’ve ever known, and close bonds deserve to be protected.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we know that divorce is always hardest on children, but divorce shouldn’t mean the end of their relationship with a loving step-parent.
We can help you try to work with your spouse to find an agreeable solution, and if that fails, we can fight to protect your parental rights in the courtroom.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation with an experienced Brooklyn child custody attorney.