State/Prov.  : New Jersey

Case name    : K.A.F. v. D.L.M.

Case #          : No.: a0878-12

Court             : New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division

Reviewed by : Laura W. Morgan

Main issue     : Child Custody

Step-parent of minor child, who was former domestic partner of biological mother, filed complaint against biological mother and adoptive parent, seeking custodial and visitation rights as psychological parent of child. Held: (1) as a matter of first impression, adoptive parent’s alleged lack of consent to step-parent’s performance of parental duties did not deprive step-parent of standing, and (2) fact issues as to consent and step-parent’s standing precluded summary judgment.

Laura W. Morgan is the owner and operator at Family Law Consulting in Charlottesville, Virginia.Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her website.