Forgot to also ask if I really need an attorney to handle this for me and Can i just file the papers my self at the courthouse?
Greetings. You can file a child custody action and ask the court to grant you custody of the child as a third party acting in loco parentis (in the place of a parent). If you cannot locate the biological mother, then you will have to serve her with publication. No, parental rights do not need to be terminated first, and I don’t advise that option since you may be able to get some child support for the child. I would advise that you do this through an attorney. Thank you.
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Hi- I need some advice. My ex husband had an affair and I have been raising my stepson since birth. My ex denied being the childs father in the divorce so custody was never addressed. Have no clue where bio mother is. Child is 14 now. How can I get guardianship of this minor child? Do I need to locate bio mother and get consent? She basically abandoned the child stating she didn’t want him. Do parental rights need to be terminated first? Just don’t know where to start. I need legal guardianship to get medical care for the child and be able to make decisions for him.