The Peterson Presumption
Parents are presumed to have a constitutionally protected paramount right to the custody care and control of their children. Generally, this means that the natural parents of children are entrusted the natural raise and care for their children as they see fit, regardless of what third parties see fit. This may come into play when a third party, like a grandparent, wishes to exercise care, custody, and control over a child when the parents do not agree. In this sort of case, the parents are presumed to have the right to prevent that grandparent from exercising any care, custody, control, or even associating with the child if they so decided. While there are instances where the Peterson Presumption may be overcome, it is a very strong presumption that protects the natural and essential basic human right of parents to freely raise their children.