Q: Hello, my husband and i were given legal guardianship. It is only notarized. How do i know if it is through the court?
The biological mother was in and out of jail throughout the minor childs life. The grandparents were given guardianship, since then the mother has passed , the minor child has lived with us 5 years now. Her parental father has been incarcerated her whole life. He got over a 40 year sentence. Now he has hired a lawyer, well his sister hired im assuming. To find out his rights. How do i protect our daughter? Im pretty sure the documents are from the court. Cause the mother tried to get child support. The parental father was court order DNA test. Still never paid after his knowledge of 99.9 percent the father. He is not on birth certificate and now 13 years of no contact, feels his half sister that found him in prison when their father died. They did not even each other. Now guess she has the money to hire him a lawyer and he still has more then 4 years of his time to serve. She will be almost 18 by the time he walks a free man. Im pretty sure my documents are through the court.
A: You need to look at whatever documents gave you guardianship. This is a specialized area of law. You should look for a consultation with a local attorney that does dependency. In general, the legal standard that the court follows is what is in the best interests of the child. It sounds like you are the only parents that the child has ever known which should work in your favor.
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