Can grandparents be given custody of their grandchildren?

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Can grandparents be given custody of their grandchildren?

My daughter and ex-son-in-law are now in a battle for custody of their 8 year old girl and 11 year old boy. My daughter does not have the means to pay for legal support and my son-in-law is being bank rolled by his mommy. I am not confident that either of them has the means or the maturity to care for these children. My wife and I are considering the possibility of applying for custody. Seems like a fairly risky proposition. I wonder what are odds might be if we elect to pursue this?

Asked on December 3, 2012 under Family Law, Connecticut

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Given the right circumstances where the parents of minor children have issued where the parents are deemed unfit parents by the court a responsible relative such as a minor child's grandparent could end up with legal custody of a minor child.

Given what you have written, I suggest that you consult with a family law attorney to see what legal recourse you may have with respect to the question you have written about.


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