I may be dealing with some gals (I mostly represent mothers) who can't get their shit together, but I had another amazing triumph this Tuesday. Had just met a client whose mother took her kids during her incarceration (which ended a few months ago, had nothing whatsoever to do with the child's welfare, so don't worry!) and refused to let my client or her husband see them since September. So my gal makes a motion to dissolve this guardianship and within a couple hours of meeting this sweet family they were back together for Christmas.
I have my suspicions that Grandma was both attached to the kids and the checks and child support she received for taking care of them. Additionally, she didn't treat my client so well when she was growing up, often giving her up to the state when she couldn't make things work. NO, there is not shame in doing so, but don't you dare use the state as a resource for your own child and then go after custody of your grandchildren without justification.
"Merry Christmas!" I told them when I handed them the draft custody order. "This is the best Christmas present I've ever had," the mom said to her husband and me as they left. It wasn't me; it was the law being on their side, but heck, what an honor to be there and see some happy little ones go home with their mom and dad.