My sister has temporary custody of my daughter I believe but she has left the states and moved with my daughter without contacting me and I was just wondering if that was legal or how I would come about finding if she actually does have full custody of my daughter without me going to court to sign over my rights
I don't know how that could have happened without you being notified of the court proceedings. If you are in the dark about whether there is a case, I'm sure local counsel could figure that out if you use the Find A Lawyer feature to schedule a phone consultation. You could also go to the courthouse which would have issued the order and ask for a copy of the order.
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You need to give a little more information. How does your sister have temporary custody and who gave it to her? Where is the other parent and have they been involved in this?
Reading between the lines I would assume that you lost the child in a juvenile dependency matter. Normally, you would be entitled to an attorney. If your sister was ultimately given custody there has to be a court order, either in the juvenile court or in the main court. You can ask in either or both locations about the status. I suggest you contact, first, the place where the original hearings took place that gave your sister temporary custody.
When you say you did not go to family court does that mean you just didn't attend any court proceedings? Have your parental rights been terminated?
Finally, you are going to be a lot more successful if you hire a lawyer.
You could check with the court. You could check with your sister or with other family members who would know what is going on. You could check with children services if they were involved to get information about the case. You could start talking to some local family law attorneys who handle child custody cases and/or children services cases to have someone go over your options and help you with your situation.
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