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As grandparent we have raised our granddaughter since birth.

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As grandparent we have raised our granddaughter since birth. Her mother is unemployed and is unable to provide a home that is safe and secure for the child, she refuses to sign the custody petition.....what are our rights since we have had the baby with us for five years?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.

I certainly understand you situation. If she is unwilling to voluntarily sign over custody to you, then you are going to need to take her to court to seek custody of your granddaughter. The court is going to act in the best interest of the child, so you are going to need to demonstrate to the court that the mother is unfit to care for the child and you are the best person to care for her. Being unemployed can certainly result is her maybe not being able to pay for the proper care of the child and the fact that the home is not safe for a child is an even greater concern. You would have to show all these things to the court and be prepared to challenge your daughter. The court is going to likely favor the mother but if good cause is shown, then may be willing to give you custody of the child.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
how do I find a family lawyer in virginia who has experience in such cases. Yes, we are willing to go to court. The mother has a drinking and drug problem, cannot hold a job, has a DUI and unable to get a license and is homeless. She did give me power of attorney but I don't know how legal that paper would be and for how long
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.

No problem. You will want a family law attorney who deals with child custody issues. You can contact the Virginia Bar Association and ask for a referral or go to a website like martindale.com and do a search for attorneys in your county. Thank you for allowing me to answer your question and good luck. If you have not already, please click the ACCEPT button, so I can get credit for my answer.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I need referral for a family lawyer who deals with custody cases in Leesburg, Virginia
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.

Here are 7 attorneys to contact. Thank you. Please click the accept button, so I can get credit for my help. After accepting, you can still ask follow up questions as needed



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Practice Areas:Divorce; Child Custody; Child Support; Premarital Agreements; Mediation; Family Law
Office:Leesburg, Virginia (Loudoun Co.)
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Organization:Hall, Monahan, Engle, Mahan & Mitchell
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Office:Leesburg, Virginia (Loudoun Co.)
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Practice Areas:Children; Family Law; Divorce; Custody; Personal Injury; Civil Litigation; Probate; Mediation
Office:Leesburg, Virginia (Loudoun Co.)
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Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.
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