Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or stepparent and wondering what your rights are in the event that your relationship with a child(ren) is  The facts might shock you.

Who is classified as a third party?
A third party is any one of the following:

  • Grandparent
  • Stepparent
  • Relative
  • Non-relative

Does Arizona allow a third party, such as a grandparent, to request visitation?
In short, the answer is yes. As a third party, you can request visitation with a child(ren) if you meet the factors outlined in A.R.S. 25-409.

What must a third party do
Since legal parents have a fundamental right to the care and custody of their child(ren), as a third party, you will be required to prove that awarding visitation to you is in the child(ren)'s best interests.

Third party matters are difficult due to the burden the third party must carry and should not be advanced without the advice of an attorney. If you are considering filing for third party rights, contact one of our experienced Arizona family law attorneys at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292). One of our Arizona family law attorney can assist you.

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