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Giving custody to grandparents

Discussion in 'Child Custody & Visitation' started by Nd56, May 22, 2018.

  1. Nd56

    Nd56 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Okay, so i'm 23yrs and I have 2 munchkins. I'm planning on joining the Marines and I know I have to give custody of both my girlies. Well, I haven't had my girls since Nov. 2017 (it's May 2018 now). I got a notarized letter giving my parents temp custody of them. I also had the father of my second on child support, which i put to a stop since i did not have my child with me. My question is what is the process for me to give custody to my parents?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    The process for anyone desiring CUSTODY of a child is to hire a lawyer and go to court to seek custody.

    A notarized letter is meaningless insofar as custody is concerned.

    Children aren't property to be bartered or sold.

    Children are human beings who need to be loved, nurtured, and protected; not discarded when their presence becomes an inconvenience.
     
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  3. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    You will not be successful likely unless other parent agrees as well.
     
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  4. leslie82

    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    The process is going to a lawyer who can help to transfer custody. Are you sure you're getting into the Marines if you give up custody? What happens if you don't make it through boot camp or your MOS school?

    You can't give temporary custody - legally. Also the other parent can step in and try to get custody himself - either one of them.
     
  5. Nd56

    Nd56 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Well if i want to join the Marines either way i have to give up custody of my girls for a whole year BEFORE even enlisting. Either way i jave to give up custody.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Custody is not something you can simply "give." Custody can only be conferred by a court order.

    Is there some reason your children's other parent can't take custody of them so that you can enlist?

    Please elaborate.

    I'm not sure what "got" means in the context of this sentence. If it means you wrote a letter purporting to give custody of the children to your parents, that letter is legally meaningless and certainly insufficient for your present purposes.

    Here's a helpful resource for you. Be aware that you may never get custody back.
     
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  7. leslie82

    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    Yes I'm very well aware that single parents with custody can't join. I have been in the Army 14 years...so please don't try to educate me about it.

    That's why I said be sure you want to do that because you could not make it through boot camp, not make it through training and not make it through your first enlistment and then what? Just things to think about that most people don't because they have no experience with it. Because you could never get custody of your kids back - so it is really worth it?

    Also realize that the fathers could come in and try to get custody if they find out about this. Also note to keep in mind.
     
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    mightymoose Moderator

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    This is something you can discuss with the recruiter too.
    Your parents, or whoever you intend to leave your children with, should look into obtaining legal guardianship of the children.
     
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    ElleMD Well-Known Member

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    So, where have the children been since November of 2017?
     
  10. leslie82

    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    I think with her parents. She said she got a "notarized letter giving them temporary custody."
     

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