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To answer directly, Melissa in this case does not have rights to the child because she was never a legal guardian or legal parent. Having said that, because the wife is so involved with the child, she can attempt to file for guardianship and claim that it is 'in the best interest of the child' precisely because the child was raised with her and by her, and the denial to her now affects the child most of all. But having said that, the courts defer in most respects to biological and legal parents unless those parents are 'unfit'. Therefore she can file, but it would be a case where your son would be favored by the courts.