In re Clifford K

In In re Clifford K., 217 W. Va. 625, 619 S.E.2d 138 (W.Va. 2005), the West Virginia Supreme Court defined the nature of the relationship that supports a finding that the third party acted as a psychological parent. The court stated: "A "psychological parent," who has greater protection under the law in a child custody proceeding than would ordinarily be afforded to one who is not the biological or adoptive parent of the child, is a person who, on a continuing day-to-day basis, through interaction, companionship, interplay, and mutuality, fulfills a child's psychological and physical needs for a parent and provides for the child's emotional and financial support." Id. at 157.