hi my name is sherry and in june my step daughter came and lived with us her mother wrote up a contract giving my husband and my self physical and primary custody ok for one is it a legal binding agrteement and now my husband and i are getting a divorce and my step daughter wants to stay with me. now her mother is willing to write another contract giving me custody and him joint can someone help me

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Raye - posted on 01/29/2015

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Sadly, in the USA, step-parents have no rights regarding step children, especially if the step parent divorces from the natural parent. In some cases, the court will consider guardianship to a former step parent if the natural parents give up their rights or there are other circumstances where the family wishes the former step parent to be involved. But it has to go through the courts.

Patricia Martinez - posted on 01/28/2015

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My daughter is 16 has been living with me since she was 8. Her mom lives in Mexico and gave custody to my husband. I am step mom it makes me upset that I have here on my Heath insurance have taken care of her petitioned her to be in the USA me n my husband going to split up. I don't think it's right I have no rights to her. But yet I did what I mentioned above. I am hood take care of her go to school functions and do a lot but I have no rights..

Raye - posted on 01/28/2015

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Do you not want to continue raising her? What advice are you looking for exactly?

Sherry - posted on 01/28/2015

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well her mother gave me her rights and my husband her father just wants every other weeked and 2 weeks in the summer. my lawyer is sending the paper work to go through the courts both mother and father want me to raise her i have been there when she was little helping to raise her and she is 16 and she wants to live me

Raye - posted on 01/28/2015

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Get it all worked out in court and make it legal. I can't imagine these parents letting someone else take custody of their child. I assume there's reasons for it that we don't know. If you're willing to continue raising this child, then it's good that the child has someone willing to care for her. But, if the dad is capable and still wants to keep custody, then you should not take the girl away from her natural parent even if she doesn't want to stay with him.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2015

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Attorneys need to be involved. If the child wants to change residences between her parents, that's one thing, but if her parents want to abandon her, that's different.

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