i have my goddaughter with me since she is 5 days old.She will turn 2 in june.Mother gave me temporary custody when the baby was 3 month old we had it noterized Both parents now after long process signed a joinder that they both join me to get full third party non parent custody.What papers to i have to file with the joinder and can they change their mind at anytime once it goes through the court? Do i still have to state all of the facts why they are unfit and file all of the witness statements and cps files that was against them?the cps cases were closed and unfoundet they said the child is not in danger anymore because she is in my care and lives with me.I can not afford a lawyer and need help with finding out which papers to file with the two joinder
The third party custody Petition must be filled out correctly and the joinder signed. Once that is filed, the following must happen before final orders will by signed by the Judge:
(1) Before granting any order regarding the custody of a child under this chapter, the court shall consult the judicial information system, if available, to determine the existence of any information and proceedings that are relevant to the placement of the child.
(2) Before entering a final order, the court shall:
(a) Direct the department of social and health services to release information as provided under RCW 13.50.100; and
(b) Require the petitioner to provide the results of an examination of state and national criminal identification data provided by the Washington state patrol criminal identification system as described in chapter 43.43 RCW for the petitioner and adult members of the petitioner's household.
The information is for general information purposes only. Nothing stated above should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.
On top of the list the other answer: You do still need a declaration of why they are unfit. It is required even with a joinder. Also, yes later on they can come back and petition the court to regain custody if they fix their deficiencies.
You still have to fill out the petition fully and correctly. You may get assistance from the Pierce County Family Law Facilitator's office on what forms are needed; they sell packets of related forms for a modest amount.
Though you say you can't afford an attorney, you might look for a family law attorney who will agree to handle the agreed proceeding for a flat fee. Maybe they will even take payments, or you could put it on a credit card and pay over time. Then you know what to budget. The attorney being responsible for meeting the court's requirements is invaluable.
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