August 19, 2013 By Paul Wallin

The stepparent visitation process can be a very frustrating and difficult legal process. Many times, your stepchild’s biological parent may feel as if you have no rights to stepparent visitation because you are not the biological parent. Because the stepparent visitation process in Orange County is complex, it is essential that you rely on the stepparent visitation attorneys at Wallin & Klarich to help you or you may not be able to obtain any stepparent visitation rights with your stepchild.

What is a Stepparent in Orange County?

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The stepparent visitation attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can help you obtain stepparent visitation rights with your stepchild.

Before you request stepparent visitation you must first determine whether you qualify as a stepparent under California law. Under Family Code 3101, you are a stepparent, with regards to stepparent visitation, if you are:

  1. A party to the marriage that is the subject of the stepparent visitation proceeding; AND
  2. Where the other party to the proceeding has a biological child that is not your biological child.

This means that you must be married to one of the biological parents of your stepchild, in order to be considered a stepparent that may have stepparent visitation rights in Orange County. If you are not legally married to one of the biological parents, then you will have no standing to request stepparent visitation in Orange County. An experienced stepparent visitation attorney at Wallin & Klarich will be able to help you to determine whether you have rights as a stepparent.

Stepparent Visitation Rights in Orange County

In determining whether you should be granted stepparent visitation in Orange County, the court will consider a number of factors, including:

  1. Whether granting you stepparent visitation is in the best interests of your stepchild;
  2. Whether denial of stepparent visitation would be detrimental to your stepchild;
  3. Whether a restraining order, or other protective order, has been filed against you;
  4. Whether there is any threat of abuse or violence by you towards your stepchild; AND
  5. Whether granting you stepparent visitation would interfere with the rights, custody, or visitation of your stepchild’s other biological parent, who is not a party to the stepparent visitation proceeding.

While all stepparent visitation cases can be complex, those involving alleged abuse and protective orders are among the most difficult and contentious. Without the expertise of a highly skilled stepparent visitation attorney in Orange County, you could lose your rights to visitation with your stepchild.

Stepparent Visitation Attorney in Orange County

Stepparent visitation matters in Orange County are difficult matters that can be very contentious. The law can be very complex, you should not attempt to obtain stepparent visitation alone.

With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance and Sherman Oaks, the skilled stepparent visitation attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully helping clients with stepparent visitation matters, as well as other family law issues, for over 30 years. Call us today at (888) 749-7428 so that we can join you in fighting for the stepparent visitation rights that you deserve. We will be there when you call.

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