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My 12 year old granddaughter lives with her father. My

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Hello, my 12 year old granddaughter lives with her father. My daughter lost custody of her due to a drug problem. The child's father wants to keep her from seeing our family. I live in Maryland, do I have any rights? Thank You.

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No I haven't since I have been told by others that I have no rights.

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Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
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Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. Many times grandparents ask about what their rights are in regard to the children. Grandparents have some limited rights. What I mean by that is that if they believe that the child is not being taken care of, then they can petition the court to obtain guardianship. guardianship is a court order where you have legal rights over the child. However, that would mean that you would have to try to prove to the court that the father is unfit in the mother is unfit to take care of the child. Otherwise, you don't have just a basic legal right to see the child. The downside is that unless you get guardianship, then the father can keep you from seeing the child at all. You aren’t necessarily entitled to the visitation unless you can get a court order for it. I apologize and I wish I had better news for you.

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