Can my child's grandfather take me to court for visitation rights??

Leslie - posted on 09/22/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Every since she was a baby her grandfather, her father's, father, has tried to take my daughter away from me. He's a control freak and takes medication for a mental illness he has, not exactly sure what, but he's crazy. I stopped letting her go stay the night over there because they would let their other grand daughter, who is 9, watch her all the time. Which is unacceptable. Because they would run all over the neighborhood and my daughter was 4 years old. So, like i said, i put a stop to it, not without a fight of course...But i started letting them take her for a few hours on sundays so she could spend time with them. But just recently, he asked me if she could stay the night over there again, i said no of course, then he blew up on me and threatened to have me and my daughter and my fiancee drug tested. Which i wouldn't mind doing it, but it's ridiculous that i even have to put up with this. Anytime he doesn't get his way he throws a fit and yells at me. He acts just like a child. But, my question is, can he take me to court to have visitation? (I probably should've mentioned this but her father doesn't even get to have her because he acts just like his father and thinks drinking and pretty much everything else is more important then his own daughter.) But i need an answer! i can't seem to find one anywhere else.

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Kathleen - posted on 09/22/2013

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I believe that I have heard of grandparents visitation rights, depending on what state you live in. The thing is that even if he managed to take you to court, which I doubt he wouldn't get far with his issues. If the grandfather acts too crazy maybe you should get an order of protection for yourself and your daughter and let him respond to that. It sounds like a pretty bad environment for a kid to be in.

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Leslie - posted on 09/23/2013

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I was actually thinking of getting a restraining order because he wouldn't leave me alone. I appreciate it!!

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