Clifford v. Woodford
In Clifford v. Woodford, 83 Ariz. 257, 320 P.2d 452 (1957), the person who was given rights equivalent to those sought under the ILP statute was also a stepfather who had essentially replaced the natural father as the father of the children at issue. 83 Ariz. at 260-61, 320 P.2d at 454.
The squarely presented issue was not whether the stepfather was acting as an additional parent or a supportive parent but that he had in fact taken the place of the natural father:
We are of the view that the natural father's lack of interest in his children, his indifference toward them and neglect of them, was such as to justify the trial court in finding the stepfather the only genuine father they have ever really known. Id. at 266, 320 P.2d at 458.
Thus, the stepfather had taken the place of the natural father.