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For my story: if they father was dead and the mother tried to commit suicide, can a family member like the aunt get custody of the child?

would it be automatic that the child goes to another family member or does the mother still get the child?

i want the aunt in my story to try to get custody of the child but the mother is going to live after she trys to commit suicide. The aunt fails and the mother will get a restraining order and the aunt ends up getting jail time (maybe).


Asked by americansugar80 at 8:11 PM on Jul. 4, 2011 in Relationships

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Answers (6)
  • Getting a parent deemed as unfit depends on the judge, CPS in the area, and the actions of the mom. It's really hard to lose custody of your children CPS workers seem really reluctant to suggest to the judge that a parent should lose custody. If the mom shows any attempt to work on her parenting skills this works in her favor.  Also the lawyer the aunt chooses matters a lot, some will really fight for their client to receive at least temporary custody and some don't put in much effort at all.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:27 AM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • No it's not automatic. The aunt needs to go to court and seek custody.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:13 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • The Aunt can get the mother considered unfit through the courts and get temporary custody of the child.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:19 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • The mom can still complete reunification services for the court and get her child back. As long as she does what the court says.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:31 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • ok do you think the judge will see the mother as unfit?

    Comment by americansugar80 (original poster) at 8:18 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • ok thanks guys, i was looking for these kind of answers

    Comment by americansugar80 (original poster) at 8:35 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

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