Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia

Q: Can my 16 year old sister come live with me if our step mom is mistreating her she cut her off from everyone in her life

She calls her names locks her out she has not been to a dentist or doctor in forever she is with my dad but he want stand up shes got him locked down as she is 30 and he is almost 60 and they keep having babies amd my sister is made to watch them all the time. She doesnt even have a room in their house. She has cried to me about it they keep her from family socity EVERYONE! Shes a good kid good grades and never misses school her mom is deceased if she was alive this WOULD not be happening to her. Please help

3 Lawyer Answers
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Unfortunately, your sister is a minor and her father will be able to control where and with whom she lives.

Homer P Jordan IV agrees with this answer

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague. Since she is a minor, the father will have the legal right to make the decision on where she lives. Perhaps you can speak to him about this and see if he agrees to allowing her to live with you. If you feel she's being abused you should report it. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

Kim Ebert
Kim Ebert
Answered
  • Lithia Springs, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Your question involves a legal concept called, "standing." You don't have standing under the facts you've outlined to interfere with the father's parental rights. But if by "mistreating" you mean neglect, then perhaps you may talk to DFCS if the facts are serious enough. If it's an outright safety or the child is in danger issue, call law enforcement.

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