Sometimes. Even if a person is not the biological parent of a child, he or she may still have rights to see that child. In certain situations, someone who is not the child’s legal parent, such as a grandparent, great-grandparent or domestic partner can be classified as a “third-party” and may be entitled to visitation with a minor child.
If a child’s parent opposes visitation with a third-party, visitation rights may still be granted by the court. In Arizona, grandparents and other persons such as domestic partners, can petition the Court for visitation with a minor child even if the child’s parent(s) objects. Parties seeking visitation with a minor child must show that such visitation is in the child’s best interests and that the objecting parent is not acting in the child’s best interests.