I received 3rd party custody of a little girl after the biological mother signed the joinder agreeing to give me custody. A decree was entered and the only visits that the mother gets are as "mutually agreed upon by the parties". Can the custody be overturned or given back to the biological mother? If so, on what grounds? There were no conditions imposed and it was not a temporary order, rather an actual Decree. The child is 2 years old this month and has lived with me full time since she was 3 months old but I began caring for her at 1 month old.
If it is a final decree, the decree can only be modified on a showing of substantial change in circumstances. In order to make a major modification such as a change in custody, the change would have to be a change in YOUR circumstances or the child's circumstances such that the child's environment with you is detrimental to her. In other words, the mother could not come along and say "I'm all better now, give me my child." She could, however, demonstrate that she has addressed whatever te issues were two years ago and petition for visits with the child. This is general advice, and all circumstances are unique so you should see a lawyer to discuss the specific details and circumstances and have the parenting plan professionally reviewed before you reach any conclusions or make decisions.
You should probably bring the decree into an attorney's office for them to review. It is impossible to tell you what it says without reading it.
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