What a sad situation for poor Zack!
You would need to retain a family law
attorney in TN, where Zack resides to file a petition for guardianship
. The court would need to find it is in his best interests to award guardianship to you. You may want to request that the court appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to assess his best interests. At his age, his wishes should be given more weight than if he were much younger. The GAL's recommendation is usually adopted by the court.
In addition, all the third party testimony in your favor that you can get would be helpful. If you can get sworn affidavits from school officials, counselors, etc., that would aid you. If not, the GAL is your best option so Zack has the opportunity to explain what type of conditions he has been living in with the grandparents.
The state bar association can provide you with attorney referrals.
Please let me know if you need clarification.
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