What is the name of your state? Pennsylvania / Delaware
I live in Delaware County, PA, and in August, 2006 family court in Delaware County, PA awarded me and my husband joint custody of my grandson, who is 13 years old. We share custody with his mother, my ex-daughter-in-law, who currently lives in the state of Delaware, a little over an hour away. She is divorced from my son (the father), and has remarried. My son is not involved with the family or custody issues at all at this time.
The custody terms are that my grandson live with me, and his mother has visitation rights for one weekend a month. Although the court terms were that we were to bring our grandson to her in Delaware and then pick him up (which, under other circumstances I would have no problem doing), up until now she has been coming here to PA and my grandson stays with her at his maternal grandmother_s house, which is also here in PA.
This arrangement was working fine until after the last visit, when his mother stated that from now on she no longer wants to come up here to PA, and wants us to start bringing her son to DE. She, her husband and 2 sisters live with her mother-in-law, and that's where he'd be staying.
I am writing for advice because my grandson is very upset. He is terrified of staying there, and is begging me to do something. He has good reason. We were awarded custody because there was evidence of physical, emotional and verbal abuse by his step-father, and he is terrified of being beaten again. He still wants to see his mother, but here at his other grandmother_s home as has been the case all along.
I would call the lawyer, but unfortunately the legal fees for the custody battle depleted what we had saved, and we simply don_t have the resources at this moment to pay for more lawyers. But I need to help my grandson.
Would anyone have any advice, suggestions or information on what our rights, and especially my grandson_s rights, are, especially since he_s still a minor at 13? Are there dhild advocates or resources for legal help out there that can represent him and his wishes? Or any other avenues that we could look into?
Also, would anyone know if this would be under PA or DE jurisdiction, if we were to contact people who could help? At this point, I_m assuming it would still be PA.
Please understand that as you can well imagine, although I am also concerned with my grandson staying there because of his safety, these are his wishes, and representation for him that I am trying to find help for.
Any information you can offer would be greatly appreciated by our family. Thank you.