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June 6, 2006
Case Law Development: Child has No Standing to Modify Parenting Time
An eleven-year-old daughter filed an action to modify her parent's summer parenting time schedule to enable her to participate in certain sports and band programs. Her attorney was employed by her mother and stepfather. The Kansas Court of Appeals noted that parenting time and visitation rights extend only to parents, grandparents, and stepparents and that any expansion of the categories of individuals who have standing to seek visitation rights should originate with the legislature. Thus, the court held that a minor child has no legal standing to file a motion to modify visitation or parenting time in a divorce case.
In re Marriage of Osborn, 2006 Kan. App. LEXIS 522 (June 2, 2006)
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