San Jose, CA asked in Child Custody for California

Q: My sis wants custody/at least to be able to visit our younger half sister. Her dad won’t let us for personal reasons

Our little sister is only turning 15, so I assume it will be difficult. I also know parents get full custody. However according to my little sister, her dad is very controlling and doesn’t let her do anything she will enjoy, such as visit friends or even me and my sister. He even says if he buys her stuff she can’t talk to her old friends. My mom (currently overseas for medical purposes) gave her money once and he used it for bills and rent. He even made my little sis ask my mom and older sis for money. He’s moving city to city because he can’t find a permanent job. My little sis said he seems to always be paranoid, gives the silent treatment for 3 weeks straight for even socializing with us. There are a lot more details and I can ask for more but is there way where we can get custody of our sister, perhaps when she’s 16? My older sister is married and they are way more financially stable than the father. He is doing this out of spite because of an incident with me.

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Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Culver City, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As her sister and non parent, you do not have legal standing to seek custody. The option of legal guardianship may be available, but based on the information you have provided, it's unlikely that request will be granted either

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