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Can I Get Custody of My Grandchild if Her Parents Won’t Parent?

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When it comes to child custody decisions, the courts generally put the best interests of the child above other concerns. Part of this most often involves keeping the parents a major part of their lives. But what about situations where the parents can’t or won’t “parent?”

Can grandparents step in and vie for custody?

One of our founding partners, Rick Jones, regularly appears on the Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show, where he answers family law questions from listeners. One recent caller worries about his teenage granddaughter since the parents aren’t in a place to care for her. He wants to know if he can get custody.

As usual with legal matters, the answer is complicated. And, unfortunately for him, he faces an uphill battle.

Caller Question:

I’m a Grandfather of a 14-year-old granddaughter, and mom and dad are not really capable right now to take care of her. How do I file for a third party custody?