Cases & Deals

Grandmother prevails under D.C.'s third-party custody law

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On referral from the Children's Law Center, Jones Day Washington agreed to represent a grandmother in connection with her petition to obtain custody of her grandson after the death of her daughter. The custody petition was hotly contested by the biological father, who had had little prior involvement in the child's life. After a six-day trial in the District of Columbia Superior Court, the judge granted our client full legal and physical custody of her grandson. This case was one of the first in which a third party prevailed against a biological parent under the District of Columbia's third-party custody law enacted in July 2007.

Proctor-Smith v. Perry