Mesa, AZ asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona

Q: My mom is keeping my kids from me and she has given both of them away to people i dont know what do i do?

I signed over custody of my kids to both my parents. My mom took my kids to Ohio and wont let me or my dad talk/see them. She gave my daughter to a family ive never met before and wejust got a message from a family friend saying she doesnt have chandler anymore. How do i find out where they are and what are my options? can i press charges?

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Mike Branum
Mike Branum
Answered
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: If you relinquished your parental rights when you "signed over custody," you have no options. Without a lot more information, it will be difficult to provide you much useful guidance. I strongly encourage you to consult with an Arizona family law attorney. There are pro bono resources available in Maricopa County, but your case crosses state lines and there may be a limited amount of assistance even an Arizona pro bono attorney could offer.

If your father adopted the children, he may have a better chance to find out where the children are and ensure they are being properly cared for.

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: It really depends on what you signed over to her.

Did you terminate your rights as parent altogether or did you simply state that she has sole legal decision-making and all parenting time?

The other issue is whether an Arizona Court ever issued a Parenting Plan. If it did, Arizona will have jurisdiction. If it did not, then the state that has jurisdiction is the one where the child has most recently lived for six consecutive months.

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