On what grounds can someone gain guardianship of my child?

My mother who is a Jehovah’s Witness has temporary guardianship of my son and she is trying to gain Long Term Guardianship with the intent to adopt. I have a history of drug and alcohol use but I am Clean and Sober almost 10 months now. I want to get my son back from her and she is taking me to court saying that I am incapable of taking care of him. I am working, I have a place to live where he would have his own bedroom, I have a sponsor, i’m working the steps, I have a therapist, a Life Coach, I attend regular 12-step meetings and church weekly. I am heavily involved in my church and my mother is threatened by my religious beliefs because they are exact opposite of her Jehovah Witness beliefs … She is hugging me and kissing me and telling me how proud she is of me, while at the same time stabbing me in the back and trying to take my child from me permanently. She let him stay with me for the weekend for Easter, so she must trust me some … Does anyone have any experience with this matter? Our court case is going to be heard in Orange County Department L73.

very good on your sobriety. we only hearing your side. it is amazing how people choose who to believe only getting one angle. your mom knows u more than anybody and your track record. she may see some pattern that concerns her. did u thank her for doing your job as a parent when she finished raising hers? your mother is still hurting and want the best for u and her grandchild. her trust in u will grow gradually. keep progressing and it all will work out for u.

4 Responses to “On what grounds can someone gain guardianship of my child?”

  • Deborah says:

    make sure you have a lawyer and request a law guardian for your son( he will tell the judge what he thinks is best for your son and is neither on your side or your mothers). Personally if you are clean and working ,have a place to live and can prove to the judge that you are getting your act together with counseling, a 12 step program and whatever else you are doing I think she is going to have a hard time being able to adopt him.Keep your head up and stay clean. I don’t think she has a chance . the courts like to see kids with their parents if at all possible.You would have to have really messed up recently to have your son taken away and adopting is a lot harder than what people think it is.
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  • Ryan says:

    You should seek legal advice. R&S is probably not the best place to ask your question.
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    A witness of Jehovah (Isaiah 43:10)

  • Pile says:

    You have a very serious problem. Your mother is extremely motivated to take your kids away for religious reasons. She will get free legal help from a slew of lawyers in New York to help her accomplish this. Your child will almost certainly be indoctrinated and converted as a Jehovahs Witness.

    You need a lawyer and a damn good one. Give me a call. There is help out there. PM me. I will give you my number and provide any references I can. But most importantly, YOU MUST STAY CLEAN. Do not give any amunition to your mother or anyone else. You must be perfect from this moment on. Any little mis-step can and will be held against you. You can never lose your temper or get emotional. That will make you look unstable. I will pray for you. You will need all the prayers you can get.
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  • andre says:

    very good on your sobriety. we only hearing your side. it is amazing how people choose who to believe only getting one angle. your mom knows u more than anybody and your track record. she may see some pattern that concerns her. did u thank her for doing your job as a parent when she finished raising hers? your mother is still hurting and want the best for u and her grandchild. her trust in u will grow gradually. keep progressing and it all will work out for u.
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