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I certainly understand you situation. If she is unwilling to voluntarily sign over custody to you, then you are going to need to take her to court to seek custody of your granddaughter. The court is going to act in the best interest of the child, so you are going to need to demonstrate to the court that the mother is unfit to care for the child and you are the best person to care for her. Being unemployed can certainly result is her maybe not being able to pay for the proper care of the child and the fact that the home is not safe for a child is an even greater concern. You would have to show all these things to the court and be prepared to challenge your daughter. The court is going to likely favor the mother but if good cause is shown, then may be willing to give you custody of the child.
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