How do I get legal rights for my younger sister? 4 Answers as of August 05, 2011

My mom wants 2 live with a new partner that she has met but my sister does not want to live with this person so my mother has agreed to let her live with me. I obviously need money and legal rights over her for obvious reasons, but I just dont know how to go about it.

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Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
You should commence a third party/no parental custody action.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/5/2011
Seattle Divorce Services
Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
In order to be entitled to child support you would need to bring a third party custody action, or enter agreed third party custody orders. It might also be possible to obtain a guardianship over your sister with an agreement for support monies from your mother. See an attorney in your area for more information.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/26/2011
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
The rights of the biological parents of a child are superior to those of a third party, even a sister. As a practical matter, this means that at very least you are going to have to get both parents to agree to having the child placed with you as a third party custodian. If either parent does not agree, then, your only option is to convince the court that the parent that is not agreeing is "unfit."
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/26/2011
Glenn E. Tanner
Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
You can gain third party custody of your sister by proving your Mother is unfit. If that's not an option, she can grant you a special power of attorney over your sister, but that won't get you any money necessarily.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/26/2011
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