I dated a woman I'll call "Z", she had a 3yr old. I shortly realized she had mental health issues and I broke up.
After that, Z and I spent one night together. It turned out she'd conceived, then had my child. (Unknown to me Z's mom had custody of her 1st child)
I tried to make us a family and they moved in with me.
Despite therapy, she wasn’t improving. I didn't leave the baby alone with Z in fear she might hurt the baby in a random rage.
We stayed living together, but not as a couple, each free to date others. Although I didn't, she did, and within a few years was pregnant. Z was supposed to move in with the baby's father but he moved away on her, and within one year, he died.
I've been raising this child as my own since birth, were very close, she's the apple of my eye.
Z's mental state has gotten worse than it's ever been. Z told me she hears voices telling her to kill someone, but can't make out who it is, Z also says she and a doll have conversations. I was shocked and began recording this conversation.
If I force her to leave, she's promised to keep them from me.
If I’m not there for them then what?
You can be designated as a de facto parent which will then step into the shoes of the biological parent. Based on that, you can file an action in the family and probate court seeking physical and legal custody.
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