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Family Law - Custody and access - Considerations - Best interests of child - Contest between parents and non-parents

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM  

Appeal by the potential adoptive parents from trial judgment granting the biological father custody of his five-year-old child. The appellants were the child’s caregivers since the child was one year old. The child was born six months after the biological parents separated. The father had not consented to the adoption and secured access to the child within a few months of the child’s placement for adoption with the appellants. The trial judge accepted the recommendation of an assessor that the child be placed with the father....