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My daughter has voluntarily going to a rehab center. She is giving me custody of her two children til she is able to take care of them. Their father has fled from state, never answering any court dates to set up child support. Neither of them have legal custody of them. Never went to court to establish custody. I need to know what route to take and the quickest. My daughter and 2 children have lived with me since June of last year.
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There are two ways to do this.

POWER OF ATTORNEY

PROCESS: She signs a power of attorney giving you the right to make parental decisions on her behalf. See sample HERE.

PROS: No need to go to Court, immediate effect.

CONS: She can void the POA at any time. The father can override the POA at any time. While there is a presumption that the POA is valid, if she is ruled by the court or a medical entity not to have mental capacity at time of having signed it, the POA can be voided.

COURT CUSTODY

PROCESS: File in court to get formal custody - example of petition HERE. One would have to have her sign a waiver (assuming she has mental capacity) and serve the father, either directly or via substitute service if he cannot be found (newspaper, etc). Process can take 6+ months.

PROS: Custody cannot be voided by mother or father, they must file in court to modify back.

CONS: Court has to agree to this. Length of process. Process includes costly legal/attorney fees, evaluation of home placement, etc. Attorney not required but recommended.

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