I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
You will have to file a suit, specifically a Petition for Appointment of Temporary Guardian
over your niece in the Probate Court of the CA County in which she is presently living. Both parents will have to give their permission for the guardianship.
Here is some information about the establishment of a Guardianship under CA law as well as a list of forms that will be needed. The forms are for the most part good in all CA counties, with a few specific forms such as affidavits tailored for individual counties.
The CA forms that you will need are as follows:
As well as numerous other forms. While you can attempt to do this yourself, you would be well advised to have a family law
attorney or a probate attorney located in CA assist you.
The forms can be found here:
The mother will need to give her written consent to the Guardianship and may do so from Russia.
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