Baltimore, MD asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Maryland

Q: Mother’s best friend secretly filed for custody of my sister. Any good chance of getting her back?

My mother’s best friend kept my sister away from my mother and secretly filed for full custody while she was on her deathbed. She obtained full custody due to the death. She does not allow visitiation for a majority of the family. It’s been 6-7 years, any chance of getting her back?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Your family needs a lawyer, but yes, you can at the very least petition for visitation if not full custody. Is the father still in the picture? He would have greater rights to petition for custody, but any close family member could qualify. More facts are needed, and a consult with a lawyer to explore all the circumstances is the only sensible way to proceed.

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