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Can you share with me why the mother wants to do this? Is the father involved at all? How old is the child?
Thank you. Yes, there is nothing wrong with the mother wanting to leave the child with her father. However, having her and the grandfather sign and notarize a document, only makes the agreement between themselves, binding. It does not really give it any legal effect within the courts or to allow it to be enforced or even enforceable. If the grandfather needed to act and make a decision on behalf of the child, this may not be enough. As such, they should proceed through the court and have it ordered, since they agreed, so the grandfather has a court order with legal effect, to act.
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