If I am married to a childs mother but am not the father do I have any legal rights

I am married and my wife has a child that I have taken care of and raised for half his life. She left me while I was gone on duty for the military. Do I have any legal rights to the child even if I did not get to adopt my son? Please help.
fergie18
Asked Jul 17, 2013
Edited Jul 17, 2013
If you are asking about visitation rights, your best hope is that the custodial parent will allow you to visit with your child by amicable agreement. A stepparent has no legal connection to the child and is not entitled to visitation rights as part of the divorce process.

However, courts are required to decide what's in the best interests of the child.
Where a close relationship exists between a stepparent and a child, a court can consider granting visitation and there are cases where, stepparents have been awarded legal custody.
Rob
Answered Jul 17, 2013
Edited Jul 17, 2013
What type of legal rights? It depends.
superrswiftie13
Answered Jul 17, 2013

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