I am really sorry for this. I just wanted to know what rights did a step parent have. I know that the step mother can file for anything and stand in on behalf of her husband, all I wanted to know if it was possible and I guess it is. As of right now, there is a court inquiry being done on the whole issues,based on what the attorney told me, the other side went into court in November with uncleaned hands. I am sorry to start anything. thetsgtswife I really respect your knowledge of the power of attorney, the power of attorney isn't going to get her visitation rights nor will it get her custody, it gives her the right to stand in for her husband, just as I have mine. I am going for temp custody until the father returns and the courts will rehear the matter. Thank you all for your help.