Stepparent Visitation
- by Eric C. Nelson, Attorney

It is often the case that stepchildren form close bonds with their stepparent. Unfortunately, in divorce proceedings, the biological parents don’t always let the stepparent maintain contact after the divorce, even where this is very hurtful to the stepchildren.

In cases where the stepparent has lived with the stepchild for at least two years, he or she may obtain court-ordered visitation with the stepchild by proving:
  1. Visitation rights would be in the best interest of the child;
  2. The petitioner and child had established emotional ties creating a parent and child relationship; AND
  3. Visitation rights would not interfere with the relationship between the custodial parent and the child. [1]
  1. Minnesota Statute section 257C.08, Subdivision 4.