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Stepparent Visitation in Minnesota
(provided by Eric C. Nelson, Esq.)

It is often the case that stepchildren form close bonds with their stepparent. Unfortunately, in divorce proceedings, the biological parents don't always let the stepparent maintain contact after the divorce, even where this is very hurtful to the stepchildren.

In cases where the stepparent has lived with the stepchild for at least two years, he or she may obtain court-ordered visitation with the stepchild by proving:

1. Visitation rights would be in the best interest of the child;

2. The petitioner and child had established emotional ties creating a parent and child relationship; AND

3. Visitation rights would not interfere with the relationship between the custodial parent and the child. (1)

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ADVICE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CASE. FOR GUIDANCE ON YOUR SITUATION, CONSULT WITH ERIC C. NELSON, ATTORNEY. ALSO, THIS INFORMATION APPLIES ONLY TO MINNESOTA LAW, AND NOT TO THE LAW OF ANY OTHER STATE OR COUNTRY.

(1) Minnesota Statute section 257C.08, Subdivision 4.

Information provided by:
Eric C. Nelson, Esq. located at
http://www.divorcesource.com/MN/DS/nelson.html

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