Can grandparents get child custody if the child wants to live with them? 15 Answers as of August 24, 2011My mother died and my father used drugs in the past and never paid child support and constantly drinks liquor. Can the father force the 13 year old to live with the him since the son does not trust him and does not want to live with the father? The 13 year old kid wants to live with his grandparents instead.
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
It would require a great deal more than the desires of a child. under the law, parental rights are very powerful and cannot be usurped without a very good reason, usually requiring a demonstration that the parents endanger the minor child.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
You don't provide enough information about the situation or the history to provide a simple answer. It is possible for grandparents to obtain custody, but the details necessary to determine if and how that might be accomplished are missing. You need to consult an attorney who can discuss things more fully.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
It is possible for grandparents to obtain custody of a grandchild. The grandparents need to consult with a family lawyer regarding the details of the situation in order to determine the viability of a custody case.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
As a general rule, biological parents take priority over everyone else when it comes to custody of a child. Since this child only has one surviving parent, then, the child is going to be with that parent. The only exceptions to this that come to mine are: (1) if the father agrees to the entry of an order giving custody to the grandparents or (2) if the grandparents take the father to court and convince the court that the father is an unfit parent.
Answer Applies to: Washington