The Case for Third-Party Custody Rights

The definition of family can often extend beyond the nuclear group of mom, dad and siblings. Other individuals such as aunts, uncles, grandparents and stepparents can also be an integral part of a family unit. In fact, there are circumstances when a third-party relative will actually seek custody of a child if he or she believes that the parents neglect, abuse, or are unfit to raise their own children.

Even though third-party custody actions are frequently commenced with the best interests of the children in mind, they are still extremely difficult cases to win. To be successful, the third party must be prepared to establish and prove that the natural parents are unfit. This hurdle must be overcome before a court will consider the best interests of the children. Although difficult, these cases are not always impossible.

Alternatively, if you are a parent and a third party is challenging your ability to raise your child, I can help you defend your parental rights.

My law firm, the Law Office of Fred Allentoff, can help you assess the merits of your case and provide you with advice on your legal odds. Contact me today.

Visitation Rights for Third-Party Family Members

Obtaining third-party visitation rights has its own set of challenges as well. Individuals such as grandparents or stepparents seeking court-ordered access to a minor child must show that the denial of such time would cause substantial harm to the child. Again, these cases are fact dependent and extremely difficult to prove, although there are instances of success. Your first steps include contacting a qualified law firm, such as the Law Office of Fred Allentoff, to discuss your specific legal circumstances. I am an experienced Owings Mills grandparent rights attorney and can advise you of your rights.

Contact a Baltimore County Stepparent Rights Lawyer

From offices in Owings Mills, Maryland, the Law Office of Fred Allentoff represents family law and general practice clients in communities throughout the Greater Baltimore area. Contact an Owings Mills grandparent rights attorney at my law firm to discuss your important legal matter.

My office is conveniently located one block off of Reisterstown Road, is accessible by bus, and within walking distance of the Owings Mills Metro station. Free parking is available. As a convenience to my clients, I accept credit cards as payment.