Question: i am a uncle that has been in care of my 5 yr old nephue and now my parents are trying to take him what are my rights
This situation depends on the particular circumstances surrounding the placement of the child. Generally, the court considers many things when looking at where a child should live, including who has legal custody of the child, what type of custody each person has, the circumstances of the parents, the circumstances of the family, what is in the best interest of the child.
Since custody of a child tends to be very fact driven, you may want to consult with an attorney. The State Bar of Arizona has a "find a lawyer" section of their website where you can locate an attorney by area of law or by location. The Maricopa County Bar Association and the Pima County Bar Association both have lawyer referral services.
The body of law that governs this area is the Arizona Revised Statutes, abbreviated as A.R.S.. Information regarding child placement can be found under A.R.S. Title 8 Children, Chapter 5 Child Welfare and Placement.
March 28, 2008