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    Default Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    My question involves a child custody case from the State of Kentucky. I was just wondering how a parent would go about giving up custody and signing over their rights to a grandparent that currently has guardianship of the child, and whom the child has been with for 4 years while the parent has not been living in the same state for about 2.

    This parent claims that they want to sign over their rights, so I was just curious what this grandparent would need to do to get this done? And if possible, without an attorney?

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    Where is the other parent?

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    The other parent is in and out of jail in Kentucky, but also has nothing to do with the child. The child has maybe seen the other parent 4-5 times in his 4 years. The parent wanting to sign over rights is in Ohio.

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    If you mean "sign over rights" as in "grant guardianship", that's a done deal.

    If you mean "sign over rights" as in "consent to adoption," the grandparents want that and the other parent is either willing to consent or an appropriate target for termination of parental rights, that's the mechanism to fully give up your rights to the grandparents.

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    By "signing over rights" I meant that the parent wanted to give custody of their child to the grandparent. How would one go about doing this to make sure that it is final and so that the child does not have to go back to the parent if something were to happen to the grandparent?

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    That process, once again, is called "adoption".

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    And what would need to be done in this adoption process to get it going and the ball rolling?

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    A consultation with an adoption attorney.

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    So, signing over custody to the grandparent simply could not be done by talking to the judge that granted guardianship to the grandparent?

    If not, what all would take place with the adoption attorney? Would it simply be the signing of papers or what?

    What would this parent do to get guardianship back? Could the parent simply take the child back or would proof of being able to take care of the child be required?

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    Default Re: Parent Signing Over Rights to Grandparent

    So, signing over custody to the grandparent simply could not be done by talking to the judge that granted guardianship to the grandparent?
    Correct.

    If not, what all would take place with the adoption attorney? Would it simply be the signing of papers or what?
    Generally, there's a pile of paperwork and sometimes a home study. Then there's a hearing before the judge or magistrate.

    What would this parent do to get guardianship back? Could the parent simply take the child back or would proof of being able to take care of the child be required?
    After the adoption is finalized, NEITHER biological parent can simply take the child back. The child's legal parents would be the grandparents, the biological parents would be legal strangers with no rights or responsibilities to the child at all.
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