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My daughter moved back home when her daughter was 10 months

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My daughter moved back home when her daughter was 10 months old. Her father did not see her again until she was 8 years old at her mothers funeral. After that he did not see her again until she was 15. She is almost 17 now. I don't have custody of my granddaughter and now he is wanted to take her. Can he do that at 17 years of age? Do she have any say in this matter?

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

Is the father listed on your granddaughter's birth certificate? Has he ever established parental rights by court order?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He is listed on the certificate. I don't know.

Hello again, Joyce.

Unless the father signed an acknowledgment of paternity or obtained a court order establishing his parental rights, he would typically have no right to the child under state law.

Here is a link which summarizes the law on this issue:

If an acknowledgment of paternity was signed by the father, it would normally be on file with the state Vital Statistics Unit (VSU), 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX,NNN-NN-NNNN You can obtain more information at their website which is:

You may wish to retain a local family law attorney to search court records to determine whether paternity was established by court order as an alternative to signing the acknowledgement.

If there is not court order and nothing filed with the state, then the father would not have a basis for determining where the child will live.

If he has established parental rights, then you would normally need to petition the local court for guardianship to prevent him from taking your granddaughter. The petition is likely to be granted under the circumstances you have described.

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