Q: Changing over or adding a custodian for a child
My son has lived with his grandmother most of his life and she has custody of him. I have recently amended things and have been in contact with my son and grandmother. He is now 17. I have not had custody since I gave him up when he was a baby as I could not care for him. The other parent is not involved in the child’s life. My son has now come to live with me with the grandmother’s blessing. We are trying to figure out the easiest way for me to get custody/guardianship of my son as I am not on the birth certificate and I live in a different state from the grandmother. I want to be able to add him to my insurance and ensure there are no issues making decisions, enrolling him in school, etc
The grandmother lives in Alabama and my son was born in Mississippi however has lived with his grandmother in Alabama for most of his life.
A: Your son will be an "adult" probably by the time you read this and you won't need to do anything. However, if you're aching to pay a lawyer to do something, you need only make a phone call to the grandmother and say, "hey grandma, since we have agreed to let my son come live with me, I am aware that in Idaho, the "guardian" or "natural or other legal parent" of a child may, for a period not to exceed six (6) months, sign over her rights to the minor child on a piece of paper, without the necessity of going to court, and with any luck she will do just that! Good luck to you!
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