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Good morning. Where is the other father? Did you ever adopted the other child or were raising him all this time?
Thank you for the reply. Since this is comes from the same cause of action/divorce proceeding, you should be able to include both your son and stepson. As you shared, you are divorcing your wife/mother of the step child, so this should be addressed. Visitation rights may be awarded to a stepparent, if the child’s parent and stepparent divorce. Whether a stepparent will be awarded parenting time depends on the nature and extent of the relationship between the stepparent and the child. Courts recognize that sometimes, it could be detrimental to the child to sever the link between the child and the stepparent. Based upon what you shared above, that appears to be the situation here, as you have raised the child over the past 5 years and he lives with you and your the only father he has known.