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Asked 746 days ago by a user from Las Vegas, NV
My daughter is the mother of my grandson. Her husband of 3 years is not the father of my grandson. They do have a daughter that is his that is 2 1/2 years old. My daughter has recently had liver and kidney failure and is in the hospital unable to make any decisions and hardly able to communicate. Being the nature of her condition was diagnosed by the doctors to be caused by drinking, my daughter has to wait 6 months before she can even get on a waiting list for a new liver transplant. I am afraid she may not make it so we want to apply for custody of my grandson now and if it comes to it we would apply for adoption at a later date. Within the last year my daughter went through a attorney and had my grandson biological father give all rights he had to my grandson up. We do have a copy of this action. My grandson biological father is in jail in Utah. I have talked to the step-father about this situation and he has indicated that he would like to adopt my grandson. We feel like we should be able to have custody (and adopt if it comes to it) because we have raised my grandson most of his life. He has spent most of his life being raised by us because of our daughter lifestyle and having him stay with us most of the time. His step-father has been a good provider for him but he has no other family here and is talking about leaving with the children as he says after a year he will re-access the situation may not stay in the area. We feel that we should raise our grandson since we have done it most of his life and all the family he knows is here. There is nothing in writing that shows the wishes of my daughter in this situation since she is only 31 years old. I would like to know how soon we should start this journey of custody and what our chances are against his step-dad if he follows through on his wishes. We also feel that her lifestyle did not change after they got married and he participated in that lifestyle which contributed to the final result of my daughter. What do you think our chances of winning this battle. Also would be be filing for custody or guardianship while my daughter is in this condition.