About nine months ago, I was signed over custody of my six-year old sister from my father. I drove from Lubbock to Houston (where they resided at a motel) My mother is mentally ill, homeless, and can't take care of herself. My father is homeless, an alcoholic, and addicted to stimulants. Lately, I have been getting threatening phone calls from my father saying he is going to take her away from me and hurt me and my boyfriend. My little sister cries when she has to talk to him, and says she is scared of him. She has food when she needs it, her own room, her own puppy, and is involved in school! What would I need to do to get full or official court custody of her? I was told we would have to serve him legal papers, but we don't have anyway of contacting him directly. Any advice will help.
Child custody involves decisions about who will be responsible for a child, including parental rights, for both married and unmarried parents, and adoptions.
A guardianship is a legal arrangement for who will have custody and be responsible for the care of child, or "ward." The guardian acts in the child's interests.
Written by attorney Michael Longyear
While a guardianship proceeding can be stressful and complicated, it can be mitigated by taking a proactive approach to gain an understanding of the process and the issue of incapacity.... more