Q: My grandson has lived with my husband and me since birth. He's almost 5. What can we do to secure his future with us?
My daughter only visits a few times a month. There is no father listed on the birth certificate. The only legal right we have is a notarazied paper giving us permission for medical treatment and for school. My daughter threatens to take him whenever she doesn't get what she wants, and reminds us constantly that we have no rights. At some point, can we ask the court for legal guardianship?
A: You can petition the court to be declared a defacto custodian and for custody. Mom likely has the ability to take the child back at any point if you do not have an order from the court granting you custody. You should contact a local family law attorney to discuss the specifics of your case and develop a plan to move forward. Best of luck.
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