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09 Aug 12 #348483 by jumpingthroughhoops
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Curious about step-parents rights.

Married 4 years - separated - step-father has no PR. Three kid''s, father of 2 of them has shared residence, father of other has no contact (or PR).

What rights does the step-father have to maintain contact with the children?

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09 Aug 12 #348484 by khan72
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None until he applies. Only a court can award it. If the step father is out of your life, he is out of theirs. He can try to apply but TBH he must understand that a he has very little hope.
The acid test of parent, (for me) would be "if they would sacrifice themselves for the child?". If not, why have PR?

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09 Aug 12 #348489 by Fiona
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Khan is correct, there is no automatic right for a step-parent to have contact. They would have to apply to court for a contact order. I''m not sure there is little hope though. It really depends on the nature and duration of the relationship between the step-parent and step-child.

If the step-parent had significant involvement with the child/children before separating there is every chance they will be granted contact, although it will need to be balanced with the any contact with the natural parent. As usual it is better to discuss and agree arrangements if at all possible.

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