Ok so my cousin aked me if I'd be the godmother for her child and of course I said yes. My question is about the father. If something happens to my cousin can I fight for custody? My cousin has been very sick lately and is the suicidal type. Though I would much rather have my cousin alive and happy of course I want to be prepared for the worst. Her real father does not take care of her. There is no custody agreement between them both. He still lives with her so he can be with his daughter everyday.
I just know I will never see my goddaughter again if he gets custody.
Pretty sure the father trumps you in that situation.
The only thing I can say is have her put it in a will?? But the father still may fight it. I dont know, I suggest speaking to a lawyer they may be able to help you out just in case something were to ever happen to her!
I think you need to discuss your worries with your cousin and if the father isn't the best person for the child to be with if something happens to your cousin, then maybe you need to get it all sorted out legally specifying a guardian for the child..
uh no dad will be the one who gets custody unless he is proven unfit at which point likely someone in the family will gain custody . If she made a will and stipulated custody to you specifically then he would be able to contest it and likely still get custody because he is the dad .... least thats what i would be thinking as i have never been through this
i was told a Godparent is there in case something happens to BOTH parents.
but that may be for the courts to decide, idk.
Well, I was going to say that the father would definalty have say. Although, if the father is not present, you may be able to get your cousin to have a letter notarized or something saying that if something happened to her, she would like you to care for her child. Although if she commits suicide or something crazy, they will claim it is not valid anyways.
The girl is my cousin by the way. So I am blood related.
Quoting Yin-Yang Momma:
something would have to happen to both of the parents & i would uggestto her writing it in her will if she wants you to have the kid.