Visitation of Step Parents
by Anonymous from Florida
I am the step father, my wife has full custody of the daughter and the biological father has joined the military.
They have worked out a custody agreement giving her full rights and him rights when he is not deployed or his parents claiming the times when he is not available.
Now his current wife is saying that the "power of attorney" she signed says she gets to maintain his personal relationships and so she should have his visitations. Is there any legal issues with this?
Answer to Florida Child Visitation Question
In general stepparents have no rights whatsoever in relation to their stepchildren.
A stepmother is married to a father, that's all.
Unless she was specifically designated by a court order that she should have visitation, then she does not have any standing.
A power of attorney is enough for her to do certain things while her husband is deployed, like manage his bank account, sign for him, etc.
But a power of attorney does not give her the right to maintain his parental relationships with his children. Notice:
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