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My daughter and her ex gave custody to a 3rd party over a year ago. Both my daughter and her ex have been in and out of jail since. I know Washington State has no Grand parental rights however, a distant relative is now suing for custody of my grandson. Do I have any rights or legal action I can take to get custody? My daughter is currently serving time and is not super happy about signing papers to give him to myself or his aunt (my other daughter) and after his last stay with his father he came back weighing 33 lbs. I'm at a loss and am not sure if I have a leg to stand on.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Washington State

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Not at this time. As I said I know there are no Grand parental rights in this State so I may be dragging a dead dog.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. One of the things that you could do is try to get guardianship over your grandson. Basically, you would need to go down to your local County courthouse and get the guardianship paperwork needed to help take care of the child. You would need to serve those documents on the mother and father. If they agree, then the court should probably grant you Guardianship over the child. You also need to make sure that you make yourself available for interviews and investigations by people appointed by the court. This means that they will ask you questions about your job, your living situation, your criminal history, your work situation, everything of the sort. So, the answer to your question is yes. You can get rights to the child even if there are no specific grandparents rights..

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