If you live in the state of Washington, non-parental custody may be sought if the parents of the children are unavailable (e.g., in jail) or unfit (e.g., due to drug use).
So, what exactly is non-parental custody, or what is sometimes called third-party custody? It is a legal process by which you petition the court to have the children placed in your care, by court order, where they remain until the parents come forward to prove that they are again fit parents.
The parents may be granted visitation, supervised or simply on limited time, while you are the custodian of the parents. Often, the parents will have to pay you child support if you seek it. Of course, most troubled parents cannot pay child support, and so the custodian of the children may not bother to seek it, but that is a reasonable decision to make with the advice of counsel.
Non-parental petitions are a complex area of family law, with may procedural hurdles, and pursuing non-parental custody requires the services of an excellent Washington State family lawyer to sort it all out for you. In Spokane that man is Craig Mason representing Mason Law. Please give Attorney Mason a call today to see how to navigate the issue of non-parental custody by calling (509) 443-3681.