Searched so far: Googled "child custody," "give up custody," "transfer custody," etc. I got a lot of promising looking results, but a lot of them were just citations of legal code, which doesn't really help me with my exact scenario and, frankly, was kind of over my head. I read the Wikipedia articles on custody and guardianship, which, again, weren't exactly what I was looking for. I also found these two (http://little-details.livejournal.com/2
Situation: Main character A is the oldest of five children, whom I'll call A (27 years old), B (20), C (17), D (15), and E (12). The parents basically threw A out of the house when she was 17 because they considered her a bad influence on her brothers and sisters (she has magic in a world where it's considered evil). She managed to get her life together and has a home, job, and friends. Now, E is showing the same tendencies, and the parents want him gone as well.
Question: I'm wondering what sort of legal wrangling would be required or helpful to transfer custody of E to A. A lives in a different city, but the same state, so E will have to switch schools, and A will probably have to prove that she is his legal guardian. Will a power of attorney suffice? Would the whole group or some combination eventually have to appear before a family court judge? Would A have to get some sort of foster-parent certification?
If it makes a difference, I would like for E to be dropped in A's lap kind of suddenly. If their father is a lawyer, would it make sense for him to show up with E and say "Sign this... now he's your problem?" A is quite willing and able to take care of her brother.
Thank you in advance for any information! I hope I can make my story at least believable!