How can I gain custody of a child? 14 Answers as of November 09, 2011My boyfriend has asked me to get custody of his son. The boy is presently living with his aunt but the aunt no longer wants the boy because he is rude and disrespectful. If the child is pulled out of the aunt's home he will certainly be put back into the system. I would like to prevent it. What measures should I do?
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
The first question that occurs to me is: Why isn't the child's father or mother seeking custody? If there is an agreement to have you take custody of the child, then, it can probably be accomplished. However, if there is not an agreement, then, it will likely be difficult and expensive, if not impossible. Regardless, you are probably need an attorney to help you jump through all the necessary hoops.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
The easy answer is file for an adoption. If the child is related to you, you might not need a home study done. Otherwise, a home study would be required and you will need consent of the parents or notice to them of you filing for adoption. If he is given to the State, they will also look for someone to adopt while he remains in foster-care.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
First, remember the person asking you for help is a boyfriend. What if he leaves after you have custody? Think long and hard if you wnat to commit to the pain of having custody over a "(R)ude and disrespectful" child. If you still are determined to go ahead, contact a domestic relations attorney for guidance.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
The only one who can obtain custody of the child is the biological father or an immediate family member, and you are neither, unfortunately. Why doesn't your boyfriend just file to obtain custody of the child himself? And where is the biological mother in the picture? She has rights as well.
Answer Applies to: Florida
AyerHoffman, LLP | Cara Lee Thompson
Your boyfriend needs to file a complaint to establish paternity seeking full legal and physical custody of the child. Since you are not the biological mother of the child, you may wish to consider adoption, and you should consult and attorney with regard to this aspect of this matter.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts