[Latin for “in the place of a parent”] When an individual acts as a guardian or caretaker of a child, taking on all or some of the responsibilities of a parent. A.R.S. 25-415: A child decision-making proceeding may be commenced by a person other than a legal parent. An award of decision-making shall be denied unless, (1) the non-parent stands in loco parentis to the child, (2) it would be detrimental to the child to remain or be placed in the decision-making of either the child’s living legal parents who seek decision-making, (3) an award of decision-making of the child has not been made within one year, unless there is reason to believe the child’s current environment present dangers to the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health, and (4) one of the legal parents is deceased, the child’s legal parents are not married to each other, or there is a pending dissolution of the legal parents.
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