ELLETT, Chief Justice: This case arises out of a divorce action filed by the respondent against the appellant. Respondent has a minor child, her offspring by a previous marriage, born about two months before his mothers marriage to the appellant. Although four children were born to the respondent and the appellant during the time they were together, all four died either at birth or in their infancy. Because of this and because the appellant, the childs stepfather, had never formally adopted him, respondent did not seek child support in her divorce complaint. Appellant counter-claims that he should be entitled to reasonable visitation rights with respondents son. He claimed that he has treated the child as his own son, feels very close to him, and is concerned about his future welfare. Appellant further offered to pay fifty dollars a month into a trust account for the childs benefit until he reaches eighteen years of age. Appellant lived with the child from the time he was two months old until the respondent and the appellant separated, roughly four years later, and it is uncontested that the child has had no contact with his biological father.