Q: How do I go by obtaining legal guardianship of my 8 month old nephew who has been living with me since he was 2 weeks?
My nephews mom wanted an abortion but was unable to get one because she had just gotten one so she asked my husband and I to take the baby. We did and now we would like to get guardianship of the baby because mom is now refusing to babysit the child or help. She receives benefits and childcare for the child but he lives with us. Dad has only seen the baby twice in person and 3 times on FaceTime. He does not answer our call or reply to our messages. My baby is getting older and I just want to do what is best for him. I do not wish to cut his parents completely out of his life I just want to have a say so in his life legally to protect him and me.
A: You need to contact a lawyer in your area to discuss your options and get the ball rolling. You should not do this yourself. In speaking to the attorney(s) you consult, you ask what are your options as well as what is your understanding as to the position each parent takes as to custody and/or termination of their parental rights. Good luck.
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