Who can get custody?
Generally, at least one of the child's parents is entitled to custody, unless there is strong evidence that both parents are unfit or unless one of the situations described in the following questions apply.
If both parents have passed away or they are unfit, the judge can give custody to another person or to an agency, such as the Department of Human Services. What the judge will decide depends on what s/he believes is in the best interest of the child.
Grandparents may also be entitled to custody. See I am the child’s grandparent. Can I get custody?