I have a younger sister that would like to sign her rights over to me. I am more than willing to do this I am just wanting to know the right way (legal way) to go about this.
So is it her child that she wants to sign over to you? Or is it she herself that wants to be in your care?
It somewhat depends what state you are in and what the laws are there how to go about it. Some states use guardianship only and Probate Court. Some states use Family Court for this. Do you think this will be temporary or permanent--that will make a difference as well.
I'm not sure--I wonder if that means he doesn't have any parental rights?? So have you googled this for your state yet? In our state she would go to Probate Court with an affadavit that stated that she wanted to place the child with you. A judge would rule on it. This would give temporary guardianship. If she wants this to be permanent, I would think you or she would want to consult a family law attorney.
You can't not involve a lawyer in this. You'll want a family law attorney, and if you want to take the wisest course of action, you'll screen the people you call for someone who has had experience with a situation like you describe (birth father resides in a different country). Especially if he's on the birth certificate, but to be blunt even if he's not if I were you I would not take chances and I would find someone with experience who can advise you.
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