Third-party custody

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In some custody situations, it is possible that the child/children will not remain with either of their natural, biological, parents, but instead custody is awarded to a third person.[1] Generally speaking, third-party custody occurs when one of two options occur:[1]

Voluntary relinquishment[edit]

Occasionally, parents will agree to allow an adult (who is not either of the two parents) to raise their child/children.[1] Generally, if either parent changes his/her mind later in the child's life, he/she has the option to seek custody at that point.[1]

Unfit parents[edit]

Custody may be awarded to a third adult (who is not either of the two parents) because the parents both seemed unfit to do so.[1] Reasons that the court would retain authority over the child/children and later award custody to a third adult include:[1]

Other forms of custody[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Webster Watnik (April 2003). Child Custody Made Simple: Understanding the Laws of Child Custody and Child Support. Single Parent Press. pp. 16–38. ISBN 978-0-9649404-3-7. Retrieved 25 September 2011.