In 1995 I gave custody of my daughter to a relative of her father because I could not care for her. I never gave up my rights, there was a visitation order. She eventually stop letting me see my daughter and told her I wanted nothing to do with her. I recently got back in contact with my daughter who is now 16. I found out that someone else was given custody of her by the lady I gave custody to. Can she legally do this without my involvement? What can I do to regain custody of my daughter? She wants to come live with me.
You should make contact with the person who now has legal custody of your daughter. I would hope that this person would be willing to sign a consent order transferring custody; I know that I certainly would not really want to try parenting a 16-year-old girl against her will if she were not my own daughter.
Otherwise, you'll have to file a motion with the court where your daughter is living, with a copy of the papers to the person in custody. I would think you should be able to win that, since the natural parent is favored in custody matters and a 16-year-old's wishes are usually given quite a bit of weight. Most family court judges would want to see the two of you re-establish your relationship, after what has happened. You may have to file the motion even if the person with custody consents; you should check with the court about this.
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