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Unfortunately you'll have to retain a lawyer and fight in court over this one. You may get off lucky and if no one fights you on your decision it could go smoothly. Good luck Marcy * In the U.S., stepparents have no legal rights to the child or children of a spouse. The exception is the voluntary relinquishment of parental rights by the other biological parent or forced termination of rights by the court, thereby allowing the child to be adopted by a stepparent. Even in cases where both biological parents are deceased, a stepparent will only be considered if there are not blood relatives willing to accept the responsibility of the child/children.

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Q: How can you get custody of a stepchild if father is willing?
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When a mother dies and the biological father is unknown does the stepfather get custody over the child's sister?

Without a Will, he has no clearly defined custodial rights to a stepchild, but unless addressed in a custody decree, neither does the father. Guardianship reverts to the maternal grandparents.


If a mother abandons the child can the dad get full custody of the child?

It is very likely that the father could get full custody of the child. It will depend upon the history of the father and if he is willing.


Can a 19 year old unwed father get custody from a 17 year old unwed mother?

Only if she is unfit or willing. Otherwise the most he can get is shared custody.


Does a stepfather have a legal right to maintain guardianship of a stepchild if the biological parent with custody is incarcerated and the biological father wants the child back?

The stepfather would have standing to intervene into the custody case and attempt to be the primary custodian. Ultimately, the court will look at what is in the best interest of the child.


Can a fifteen year old continue living with her father while her parents continue their custody battle?

The father must petition the court for temporary custody.The father must petition the court for temporary custody.The father must petition the court for temporary custody.The father must petition the court for temporary custody.


Does the father get custody if the mother dies?

The father would be the favored person to get legal custody if the mother had custody and died unless he was found to be unfit to have custody.


Can you choose at 13 to move back with your mom?

No. If your father has custody you cannot make that decision until you reach eighteen unless your father consents to a change in the custody order.No. If your father has custody you cannot make that decision until you reach eighteen unless your father consents to a change in the custody order.No. If your father has custody you cannot make that decision until you reach eighteen unless your father consents to a change in the custody order.No. If your father has custody you cannot make that decision until you reach eighteen unless your father consents to a change in the custody order.


Can a mother who has joint physical custody of her son pierce his ears without the consent of the father?

If the father has legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has joint legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has sole legal custody, yes.If the father has legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has joint legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has sole legal custody, yes.If the father has legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has joint legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has sole legal custody, yes.If the father has legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has joint legal custody, no. Not without his consent. If she has sole legal custody, yes.


Can a step parent file for legal custody of a stepchild?

Generally, no. However, a step-parent can obtain custody under limited extraordinary circumstances. The party should consult with an attorney who specializes in custody issues who can review the situation and explain the options, if any.


How do you become a legal guardian in North Carolina if the mother is willing to give you guardianship?

A simple notarize letter, but this does not prevent a separated father challenging custody.


What can a father do who is willing to fight for custody for his children and the mother is not following the custody court order?

Talking to his lawyer would be the best idea. You can then return to the judge and appeal that the order is not being followed, so perhaps custody should be changed (provided you can prove that you are responsible enough).


Can a father have joint custody?

Joint custody is between two parents, which are usually a mother and a father.


In Michigan if your father died and he left a stepchild as trustee how do you get a copy of the will?

It should be on file in the court house.


Father has costudy and stepchild uses drugs?

More information would be nice. What exactly are you asking?


What should you do if you want to live with your sisters dad instead of your real dad?

Your biological father has custody until he voluntarily agrees to turn over legal custody to another responsible adult. If you can discuss this with your father and he is willing to allow the change in legal custody then the case must be brought to the local probate court where the parties must file a petition for legal guardianship.


If child lives with father in a different state but mom has custody where does father have to file for custody?

At the nearest courthouse


Can mother with sole custody give child custody to grandmother in case of death?

As long as the Grandmother is willing and able to take custody of the child.


Can the mother go to the father house and get her child if there isn't a court order saying that the dad has full custody?

No, the mother is no more entitled to custody than the father. If the father currently has temporary or implied custody, then a custody order must first be established before you can get partial custody or visitation rights. For example, if you moved out and left the child in the care of the father, you forfeited your custody rights until an official custody order has been established.


The agreement between 2 parents is custody to mother but weekends for father if the mother dies who would get custody?

the father gets the custody of the child if the mother dies


Can a step father maintain custody of a child if the biological father emerges after two years?

only if mum has custody


Can a mother gave custody to her sister with out father consent?

Guardianship, but not custody. The father can still challenge. see links


When will court give custody to the father?

When, in the opinion of the court, granting the father custody would be in the best interests of the child.


Can you give a sentence with the word custody?

The father was awarded custody of his children.


Can an abusive father get custody or visitation of the child?

He will not get custody, but he can get supervised visitation.


Can stepparents get custody of stepchild?

1st of all yes because the women ALWAYS gets custody of the child if u have a child and u get a step wife u ARE SCREWD! because if she leaves u she takes ur child YAY!