Are you still a step parent after divorce?
Conclusion. In most scenarios, a step-parent will not automatically be entitled to see their step-children if they become divorced from the biological parent. Step-parents also need to be aware that they may have certain financial obligations to their step-children after a divorce.
What rights do step parents have in Indiana?
Only parents may be awarded custody and/or parenting time,4 but step-parents may seek visitation. The Indiana Supreme Court has recognized that a stepparent may be granted visitation upon establishing the existence of a custodial and parental relationship and that visitation is in the child’s best interests.
Can a step parent file for visitation?
In cases where the biological parent of the child has passed away, a stepparent can petition for visitation if the following are true: The child is 12 or older. The stepparent and biological parent were married for at least 5 years. The stepparent was a significant care provider for the child.
When can a child decide they don’t want to see a parent?
Most judges understand that once a child reaches their teens (14 /15 /16 /17), it certainly is difficult to force them to visit with a noncustodial parent when they are adamant about not seeing them, but it truly is not the child’s decision.
How old does a child have to be to choose what parent they want to live with in Iowa?