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.
No problem. You will want a family law attorney who deals with child custody issues. You can contact the Virginia Bar Association and ask for a referral or go to a website like martindale.com and do a search for attorneys in your county. Thank you for allowing me to answer your question and good luck. If you have not already, please click the ACCEPT button, so I can get credit for my answer.
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