I have been raising my grandaughter for three years now sense her birth. Her mother lives with me as well but she is not the one raising her. My daughter is talking about moving out and taking her daughter with her. I am very concerned because i do not feel she is ready to be a full time mom. My daughter says her daughter will be taken care of when she leaves yet i don't believe her. If that was the case then why is she not caring for her now? I think maybe if she started out having her on weekends i would feel better. Right now my top priority is my granddaughter and her safety. I'm not wanting to do this to be cruel i'm needing to do this because my granddaughter deserves it and she is my life.
Grandparent custody cases are always difficult, emotional proceedings. Without an agreement from the parents, the only way for you to win custody of your granddaughter is to file your own complaint for custody in the appropriate juvenile court. In order to win, you must prove to the court that your grandddaughter's parents are unfit parents. Courts look at a lot of factors in decided if a parent is unfit. The most common issues in these cases are drugs, criminal trouble, mental health problems, insufficient resources (money and food) for the child. Without one of those, you'll have to show that your daughter and the child's father are not able to protect and care for the child and hope that the court sees your point.
I hope this helps! You certainly should seek counsel in these proceedings.
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