Q: How hard will it be for me to get custody of my granddaughter ? I am her grandmother. She has been with me more often
Than not since she was 1 1/2 old . Her mother lived with me off and on mostly not but most recently the last 4 + years with me doing all the care taking of my granddaughter because her mother wouldn't. She ( my daughter is mentally ill) and refuses to get help . Most recently in November 2019 she attacked me in front of my granddaughter who is now terrified of her mother and refuses to even talk to her mother. She ( my granddaughter ) says she will run away if anyone tries to make her leave me to stay with her mom . Says her mom won't take care of her and will leave her by herself. She doesn't like being in the car with her mom because she ( scares her ) my daughter has road rage and doesn't care who she hurts . All in all I want custody of my granddaughter so she doesn't have to be afraid and because she knows she's loved and cared for and most importantly because she feels and is safe with me . Thanks for your time and any advice you can give me . Susan
A: Unless the child has been with you for the past six months, you don’t have standing to file for custody. Alternatively, if or when she has been in your care or possession for at least six months, then you could be a de facto custodian and you would then have standing to bring an action for custody against the other claimants for custody.
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