She lived with her step father who has raised her since she was 3 her mother who left her and her brothers 3 years ago convinced her to run away and live with her she was only there a few months when she told her not to come back and now she doesn't have a place to go. I am willing to take her in but I will need to have child support from both parents
She is my granddaughter thy moved to Texas 4 years ago when they lived in RI I saw her every weekend. I never needed to have custody of her before she is abondoned in Texas I need to know how to get her here legally
Madeline,Thank you for your follow-up. If the child is currently in Texas, Texas would govern custodial and guardianship petitions. That means that you cannot file in your home state, you would need to reach out to the county courthouse in the county where the child resides, speak to the clerk, and obtain their forms and packet for guardianship. You would need to file in person, or get an attorney to file for you. In the guardianship forms you would need to press the point that this would be in the 'best interest' of the child and that since you have a strong bond with the child, she would have the ability to have her care and needs covered by you. Then, if you do obtain guardianship, you could petition for support. Just be aware that if you do seek guardianship, the other parent can contest and fight you in court over this petition.Good luck.
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