My question involves a child custody case from the State of: California
The situation I am inquirying about is rather complicated. I am trying to determine what the legal rights are for both the matneral grandparents and the stepfather in the below situation.
A friend of mine recently passed away. She was married, but had two children from a previous marriage (and they also have two together). The biological father has waived all parental rights. However, the stepfather has never legally adopted the two children. Since her passing, the family dynamics have gotten complicated. The stepfather has moved out of the family home (which actually belongs to the maternal grandparents) and has moved in with another woman and her family. The two little children that are biologically his, moved with him as they were not given an choice. The two older children which are not biologically his, opted to move in with the maternal grandparents since they don't agree with his choices. It is my understanding that the will states the stepfather is to have all the children, but according to him, the will can not be located. We would like to know who is responsible for what in terms of the care and financial considerations. Unfortunately, the grandparents are concerned about losing visitation with the other two children so a peaceful resolution is preferred. Any thoughts you can share? Thank you.