The third party custody statute in DC enables an initial filing or intervention by the third party in the ongoing proceeding under the following conditions: THIRD PARTY CUSTODY I. A parent who has provided primary care of the child for the past three years consents and supports the third party custody motion; or that: II. The third party has: Lived in the same household as the child for the past 4 out of the 6 months prior to the filing of the complaint; If the child is under 6 months, then for the half of the child’s life; and The third party must also have assumed parental role such as providing the basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, educational and financial support, etc. III. Third party is currently residing with the child and providing care under exceptional circumstances which require grant of third party custody to prevent harm to the child. Third party statute as listed above is applicable for individuals, relatives or grandparents who have…

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