My fiance and I have been involved since high school and got back together after the birth of his only child. Together he and I took primary care and raised his son until the age of 5, when the birth mother decided to become more involved and took him. Since then we have been in a nasty custody battle for his son. However, I have always been involved in the care and well being of his son until the birth mother took him. I attend all court hearings, and used to be called mom by his son. The judge for the case has even addressed his sons close connection with me and my family. How can I legally become apart of the custody case to atleast be able to present evidence and speak of what I experience when caring for his son? In court I am not allowed to speak, but I know information that his son informs me of because he is close with me. I dont want to make decisions regarding the child, but i would like to be seen as an important third party or non biological parent. Court case is in Bullhead City, Arizona. We reside in Las Vegas, NV.
First, speak with the father's attorney, and make sure you would not hurt the father's case if you plead in. Next, the way to do it is to file for third party Access. The conundrum here is that your with the father, he can call you as a witness, and your time would take place during his time. One does not plead into a case in order to be a witness, one is called as a witness to give testimony. I hope this helps.
This is dealing with Arizona law only and does not constitute a attorney client relationship. There is no privilege in this forum. The information is somewhat anecdotal because of the nature of applying fact to law and the limitations this forum provides.
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