Atlanta, GA asked in Family Law for Alabama

Q: How likely am I to win a dependency hearing as a step parent against the bio father after mom has passed?

I have been in the kids lives since they were babies. Bio dad lost visitation in 2017 due to domestic violence and a history of child abuse. DHR removed them from his home and placed them with us giving them a protective order from dad. Mom just passed and now dad wants them back. I filed for a dependency hearing to gain custody. The children are 16&17 and want to stay with me. Dad lives in Georgia.

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A: It is imposible to handicap your facts, however, if the children are doing well with you while in the custody of the state and placed with you, you are in a good position to prevail in a private custody petition.

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