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Can his mother or father take him away?

Winston-salem, NC |

My grandmother has had my nephew every since he was born. He was diagnosed as autistic about a year ago. He rarely see his mother and father. The only time his mother come around is on holidays to bring him clothes. My nephew mother and father never signed over their parental rights so could either of them take my nephew away? Even if his doctor says it would be bad for his health to be taken from my mother would the court take him away?

Attorney Answers 2


  1. Your grandmother needs to hire a lawyer and sue the birth parents to obtain a custody order. She has nothing to prevent either parent from taking the child.

    The author of this opinion is licensed only in the states of NC, SC and TN.


  2. I agree with Mr. Kelso, she should consider bring a custody action. Without a custody order in place, the child's mother and/or father have a constitutional right to the care, custody, and control of the child. However based on the very limited information, it sounds like they have acted inconsistent with that right, and that it may be in the child's best interest for his custody to be with grandmother.

    Good Luck!!

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