Kruger v. Hamm
Trial Court granted joint custody of Daughter to Mother and a Couple that lived next door to Mother. When Daughter was born, Mother and Daughter moved in with the Couple for a very brief period of time. Mother eventually obtained an apartment, but visited the Couple’s house every other day. The couple helped Mother care for daughter and Mother considered the Couple to be babysitters.
An attorney hired by the Couple filed a petition for joint custody naming Mother and the Couple as joint petitioners and Father as the respondent. The petition did not explain why the Couple had standing to claim custody. The Court entered a temporary order awarding joint custody to Mother and the Couple. Once granted joint custody of Daughter, the Couple began exercising increased control over Daughter.