Children and the Law
Child Support

How difficult is it to get custody of an infant if the petitioner is not related to the child?

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May 22, 2005 8:53PM

The court prefers to keep a child within the family if at all possible. However, the foremost consideration of the court is the child's welfare. It is not impossible for a non-family member to receive temporary custody of a child, but it can be a complicated and sometimes expensive endeavor.