My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Arkansas
My fiance's cousin is an 18 year old single parent who recently moved out of her mother's house and in with her boyfriend, and the couple are planning on getting engaged soon. Her mother is upset that Misty moved out with the baby. Misty's mother wanted to adopt the baby out from under Misty when they found out she was pregnant, but Misty wouldn't have it. Her mother often acted like she was the mother of the baby, not Misty, even stating thing such as "my baby" and "my daughter." For the longest time, alot of people thought the grandmother was the mother because she led people on to believe that. She is so mad that Misty moved out that she has hunted down the baby's biological father and is trying to talk him into signing his rights over to her. The father did sign acknowledgment of paternity papers and took a dna test, so he is the legal, biological father. But he doesn't pay child support or come and see the baby, and I know that has nothing to do with what I'm talking about, but he is an absentee father. Can he sign his rights over to the grandmother like that? See, the grandmother is trying to get custody of the baby, she wants nothing to do with Misty, she only wants the baby. And Misty is trying to get the father to sign his rights over so that her fiance can adopt the baby when they get married. Misty is not an unfit parent, she is a great mom. What are the chances that her mother can take the baby away? The grandmother is a convicted felon, so there is not way she can take the baby, right? If Misty gets emancipated from her mother, can that sever any legal ties that the grandmother has of Misty and the baby? What are the odds that the grandmother can take the baby? I think the grandmother needs to go get pregnant herself and quit trying to find ways to steal Misty's baby. Any help would be greatly appreciated!