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16 Year old Girl in an interesting situation

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    OK so I am the older brother of my 16 year old sister. I am 28 years old living on my own with stable income and stable living situation. My mother was with a man for a few years and they had 3 children together. They then separated and my mother was kicked out of the house while the children stayed with the father. There have been no courts involved with the situation at all.
    Now heres where things get interesting. The father/s family lives in Pennsylvania and instead of caring for the children himself he brought all three of my siblings up to his family and basically just dumped them in their laps. He still regularly visit and all that but decided that his family is now caring for them. Still no courts are involved with any of these decisions.
    Now on to my sister. Shes 16, she works ect. but she is miserable and she wants her big brother. She want to come down from Pennsylvania to Maryland where i live. Since no custody paperwork was involved, should my mother still technically have legal rights to say that she approves of me taking in my sister? Can i legally just go up to where my sister is being kept, and take her back home with me?

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    Thank you for reaching out. That is a bit of a tricky situation. We aren’t legal experts here, so we can only give some general information and we encourage you to reach out to a lawyer for more specific information. If your sister’s only legal guardian is your mother (and not the man you were talking about), then there should be no issue with your sister staying with you with mom’s consent. However, if the father is one of your sister’s legal guardians, he would have the right to file a runaway report or pursue legal action. Again, we encourage you to reach out to a lawyer for more specific information.
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