Yes, they do. The problem can arise where one spouse is a second spouse and they have raised the child but they haven’t adopted the child. They could have a very, very difficult time. They will have no decision-making, but they may have a difficult time even having parenting time.
With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases.