Does a former stepfather have the right to custody or visitation of a stepchild he helped raise from birth? This question was recently answered by the Washington State Supreme Court, in In re Custody of B.M.H. The rights of non-parents to custody and visitation have been in flux in many states over the last decade, but perhaps nowhere as much as Washington State.
Joanna L. Grossman,
De Facto Parentage and the Rights of Former Stepparents VERDICT
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