If a mother got into an argument and had to leave the house and leaft her child with the child’s grandparents, could the grandparents say its child abandonment?

Grandparents are keeping the child away from the mother. When she tries to get the child they hide the child so the mother can not find the child. The mother believes that if she tries to go to the police the grandparents will try to turn it around and say the mother abandoned the child. The grandparents do not have legal rights. Just need to know what the mother can do to get her child back and what could go wrong legally?

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Family Law, Nebraska


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry for your situation.  The circumstances around why you left the child may be a factor here and I think that it is best to speak with an attorney in your area.  Parents have rights over grandparents but all determinations as to custody of a child are made in the best interest of the child.  Good luck.

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