Rights of Third Persons

Family Lawyers With a Broader Perspective on Family

The traditional definition of a family as a married man, woman and their biological children does not represent the diverse composition of many of today's families.

The family law attorneys at Murphy & Dunn, P.C. represent people who are not parents, but still play an important role in the lives of children.

We pursue child custody and visitation rights for grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins and other relatives, or other third parties with standing to ask for custody. We also seek custody and visitation rights for people who are not blood relatives of children, but have played an important role in their lives, such as members of a gay or lesbian couple that raised a child together before their relationship ended.

Each family and each case is different, but the overarching question that must be answered in these cases is: What is in the best interest of the child?

If you have had a significant and ongoing relationship with a child, we can make a case to the court that it is in the child's best interests to continue that relationship through legally established visitation rights, or through custody if certain requirements are met.

If you have raised a child as your own, but have not established legal custody, we will help you understand your legal rights and explore your options.

To learn more about how our family law attorneys can help, please contact our office in Peoria, Illinois. Call us toll free at 866-681-5405 at our firm for your free initial consultation. Parking is free. We now have two office locations to serve you better. Our man office is located at 456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.