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    Godmother rights

    I have been the godmother since my god son waz born in 08. In 2009 I became his legal foster parent, he has always lived with me from age 1 till 7. Then he wuz returned to father. Since then dad remarried , the new wife will not allow me to see my godson. But in court the judge and children services told them it would be very harmful to him. Since iv been his only stability. And we have a very close bond. What the heck can I do.. do I have any rights at all.


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    1) What state are you in?

    2) Were there actually any court orders established, based child services recommendations?

    While I suspect you are out of luck, the new wife is also a legal stranger unless she adopts (unlikely).


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    Kiddo is going to be 18 in less than a year.


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    Child was born in 2008. He is going to be 10 in 2018.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PayrollHRGuy View Post
    Child was born in 2008. He is going to be 10 in 2018.
    Darn that new math


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    I blame Common Core.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yayapickett@gma View Post
    I have been the godmother since my god son waz born in 08. In 2009 I became his legal foster parent, he has always lived with me from age 1 till 7. Then he wuz returned to father. Since then dad remarried , the new wife will not allow me to see my godson. But in court the judge and children services told them it would be very harmful to him. Since iv been his only stability. And we have a very close bond. What the heck can I do.. do I have any rights at all.
    You were a foster parent until custody of the child was returned to his father, at which time your rights as a foster parent ended. Godparents have no legal relationship to a child; they are basically legal strangers to the child. So at the moment whether you get visitation with the child is up to the childís father. (And where is the mother in all this?) You would have to seek a court order of visitation if you cannot work it out with the father. Whether you would even have standing to pursue visitation depends on the laws of the state in which he child resides, and you did not mention the state.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigner View Post
    Kiddo is going to be 18 in less than a year.
    Is that new math? He was born in 08. That would make him 10 this year... Ummmm....


    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

    Attorney-GAL in Ohio.

    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogal View Post
    Is that new math? He was born in 08. That would make him 10 this year... Ummmm....
    Keep reading


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yayapickett@gma View Post
    But in court the judge and children services told them it would be very harmful to him.

    If the court felt that way the court should have ordered visitation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigner View Post
    Keep reading
    I am so behind. Going to court kept me out of the loop for a while.


    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

    Attorney-GAL in Ohio.

    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.
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