Does my mother have legal rights to my daughter? She's been a rubbish mum to me and my brother, men first, my brother found her having sex with her newest bloke in the same bed as my 2 year old? Now she's threatening me with court? Please help!!!
Christy - posted on 06/19/2011
Heck no. Unless she has legal custody of your daughter in the first place, there's no question. As long as you are legal guardian of your daughter, she has no fight in court. Tell her to go ahead and call her lawyer and tell him/her what she did. She'll get laughed at. IF she has custody of your child, then you need to take her to court and remove that custody from her.
Jennifer - posted on 06/19/2011
I don't know where you are from, but in Ohio, no she doesn't have any rights. I had issues with my ex's mom for a while, and my lawyer told me that the only thing she could do was try to prove me as an unfit mother to try to get custody. She did try at one time to get a lawyer to get visitation, but all he could do was call and threaten me. I had asked my lawyer once again about it, and he told me no, there was nothing legally she could do. Like the others said, talk to a lawyer. Most have free consultations, so at least they can telly you what the laws are where you live.
Jodi - posted on 06/19/2011
In Australia, grandparents have rights. So yeah, I would talk to a lawyer and see where you stand on that. In the meantime, document EVERYTHING. If you feel she is unfit to have any rights, make sure you record everything you can, because it could come down to that.
I agree with Kate. Talk to a lawyer to find out for sure. Some states (assuming you're in the US) do have what are called "grandparent's rights" where the grandparents can petition for visitation with their grandchild(ren).
I'll repreat - TALK TO A LAWYER
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