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The answer to your question is yes, a 15-year-old can become the legal guardian of the child. However, another person may intervene to challenge guardianship.
A court will consider removing guardianship if 1 or both parents:
Otherwise, the guardianship is maintained, even though the person is a minor. The grandparents do not have automatic rights to guardianship being the parent of the minor parent.
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That's usually where the parents of that minor parent step in. They often request with the courts to allow the grandparent to become the guardian until the child is 18 years old or able to financially care for the child themselves.
If you click here, you can get a breakdown that the CA courts have on guardianship to help understand the process.
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Oh absolutely. This is called a contested guardianship hearing. This just means that you will have to prove to the court why you believe the birth parent(s) is unfit to raise the child. It's helpful to your case if you can prove that they have no job; if they are careless, reckless, or have a criminal history; or if they have no legitimate way to support the child at this time. The court will interview you and other members of your household to ensure the baby will be okay with you, but it's a normal part of the process.
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