Third-Party Custody

The establishment of the legal right to care for a child by a grandparent, family member, or someone other than the child’s parent is known as third-party custody. These custody rights allow the custodian to make important decisions for the child regarding education, medical care, and finances.

Third-party custody action does not terminate the rights of the child’s parent, but it may restrict the parent’s ability to care for the child without the permission of the third-party custodian. This may be necessary if the parent is violent, has substance abuse issues, or cannot provide a safe environment for the child.

Third-party custody cases are governed by Minnesota Statue § 257c.03. The legal requirements for third-party custody actions are very specific, and the process can be complicated. Trust the experienced family law attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd for guidance and support. Contact us today.


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