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Asked on: 5/07/08, 4:58 pm

custody of 13 yo residing in my home

How can I get custody of a 13 year old that has resided in my home since 2004. Biological parents are divorced, father had custody sent them to live with me in 2004 then passed away in 2006. Mother incarcerated with state of Alabama until 2024, refuses to give guardianship. They are of no blood relative! Two older siblings ages 19 and 18 also reside in our residence.

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Answered on: 5/12/08, 10:24 am by Walter Blocker

Re: custody of 13 yo residing in my home

in order to obtain custody you will have to file a petition to obtain custody in circuit court. the court will set the matter for a hearing and the court will determine who should have custody of the child. the biological parent has an advantage in such a contest with a non blood relative. the alabama DHR will have an active role in determining the best interest of the child. it will be very complicated and time consuming.


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Walter l. Blocker, III P.C. 3500 Independence Drive Birmingham, AL 35209

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