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Posted on: Apr 6, 2018

Third Party Visitation in Indiana

By Katherine Meger Kelsey, Kids' Voice of Indiana

One of my favorite parts of my job at Kids’ Voice of Indiana is operating our Law Center call line—it’s where lawyers, judges, child service professionals, and the general public call in to get information about laws and legal issues affecting children. I enjoy it for many reasons, but one major reason is that it gives me a great idea of what’s happening in our community. I can see trends coming from the types of calls I get.
 
A question that has come up very frequently in recent months is about stepparent visitation. Callers of all types and backgrounds want to know what it is, who can get it, and how a person can ultimately be granted stepparent visitation. Stepparent visitation, or as our case law more frequently calls it, third-party visitation, is entirely a creature of case law. In order to gain an understanding of how a person can be granted third-party visitation, you need to read through and piece together all the cases. Fortunately for you, I enjoy doing that, and it’s part of my job, so here’s a paper for you on third-party visitation requests.

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