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Child Custody: Third-Party Custody

By law, the natural parents have priority over any other person when it comes to exercising custody. If one of the parents cannot care for the child, the other parent has the right to do so. Neither parent can unilaterally give custody of the child to a third party without the consent of the other parent.

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