Is there a way that a single parent could legally insure that their significant other had legal rights with regards to their children (but not full adoption)? Is it just a matter of filing paperwork and paying filing fees or is there more to it?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Marriage is the first step often. There is also a doctrine known as de facto parentage that I believe was expanded in the last few weeks by the WA supreme court, but I think that case had to do with foster parents. Everything about securing rights through the court is in some ways just a matter of paperwork.
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