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What do I need to do to get custody of our grandson

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His father is in prison for the next 4 years. His mother does not hardly ever come around. We have totally supported / take care of him for the last year and half. CPS told us we can do it without hiring a lawyer.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Walter replied 8 years ago.


You will want to petition the courts for custody based on the best interest of the child. I would advise you to hire a lawyer as they can get a emergency hearing in quickly and see if the judge will grant you custody based on the living arrangements of the child.

If this is not a possibility to hire a lawyer you will need to fill out the forms at your local law library. Fill them out completely and submit them to your local clerk of courts office with the filing fee's. The clerk will help you get the paperwork needed to serve the mother and will set up a hearing for a temporary custody order. Once that is granted the courts will set up a home study and if you are approved it will go back to court for a final order.

I wish you the best,


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This is a great answer, but the only question I have is 'Where is my local law library'?
Expert:  Walter replied 8 years ago.


You can search on line to find a local law library. You can call and ask your local library if they have a law library in your city or if there is a University in your area they often have one as well. If you do not have one in your city call your local clerk of courts and ask if they have the forms for a custody petition. If not your only other recurse is to purchase the forms on line.


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