My question involves guardianship in the State of: AZ
It's convoluted but I will try to be succinct.
Mother = suicide w/child in home.
Father = out of state, history of domestic violence, alcoholic, dui etc. Never married to mother, involved with child from birth.
Child = placed with friend of mother by CPS. (the friend who discovered the body, and evidently has been diagnosed with PTSD, and verbally recounts the event in front of the child and other family members - yikes.)
There are several maternal family members that would like to have temp guardianship or temp custody (or whatever the right term is) of child until full custody is determined. They would also like to make sure that their visitation rights are preserved throughout the process, and even if/when child is permanently placed with father in another state.
Their daughter/sister died a week and a half ago, and they have been prevented from seeing the child completely since the death, even though they were the daily/ regular family that the child interacted with since birth. Paternal father has told them not to attend CPS meetings/hearings, CPS has not been in contact with the maternal family (not returned calls etc) and I fear that the paternal family may be working on painting them out of child's life.