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Name: In re Crystal J.
Case #: F037209
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 09/10/2001
Subsequent History: Review Denied December 19, 2001

The minor in this case appealed the denial of her motion to declare her aunt and uncle to be her de facto parents. In the published portion of this opinion, the appellate court held that the minor lacked standing to appeal the court’s ruling on the motion because she was not the aggrieved party. The rights afforded to a de facto parent affect only those persons, not any other party. Since appellant was a party to the proceeding, she had a right to be present, to present evidence regarding her relationship with the aunt and uncle, and to request that she be placed with them. But since the denial of the motion in no way affected those rights, the minor lacked the standing to appeal the ruling.