What to do if my stepdad takes my brother away with no notification because of marriage problems?

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What to do if my stepdad takes my brother away with no notification because of marriage problems?

My actual mother is thinking about leaving my stepdad because of multiple issues. In a past argument he wanted to take my brother because he did not want him to stay with us. My mom and I are more than enough suited to take care of him. So I felt scared. What is your advice if this happens again or if he actually takes him and starts driving off? What could I possibly do?

Asked on December 18, 2011 under Family Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It is obvious from your question that you are kind and caring sibling.  Is this your half brother?  Does he have any sort of disabilities maybe?  I thought that when you said that you and your mom were more than "suited" to take care of him it maybe meant something more.  I am assuming that you are a minor - a kid - yourself.  If that is the case there is really nothing that you can legally do to help the situation, except to be supportive of your Mother and the decisions that she has to make and the actions that she has to take.  If, however, the situation becomes volatile or abusive you can call the police and you should.  Please speak with some one at school - like your guidance counselor - or if you are religious, your Priest, pastor or Rabbi, for help and support for yourself.   And maybe you should speak with your Mom about how you feel.  Good luck to you. 


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