what are my rights???

Amanda - posted on 02/25/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello my name is amanda i am a single mum to a wonderful 4yr old. sadly his father and i are not togeather we never married and have joint custody days. i was adopted when i was a baby but had a very abusive. mother she was not a tender loving mother and i was hit by a wooden spoon and soap put into my mouth when i wasa child (i was

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Jodi - posted on 02/25/2013

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What is she claiming her grounds are for getting custody of your child? As far as I can see, she has none. Depending on your laws, she may have rights to fight for visitation, but unless you have done something neglectful or harmful to your child, there is no way she would get custody.

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Kristi - posted on 02/26/2013

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I don't know the laws in Ireland, either. In the US, grandparents have very few rights. Just for arguement's sake, say you were somehow an unfit mother, in the US, your mother would still have to prove your son's father is also unfit. Then she would have to prove it was in your son's best interest to stay with her. Again, speaking of my experience in the US, it is very difficult to remove a child from his/her parent's home unless there are obvious signs of abuse.

Don't let that woman bully you or try to intimidate you. You are not a defenseless child anymore. You are in control of who you let in your life and in your son's life while he's with you. Are you the tender, loving mom that you wished you'd had as a child or are you the "other" one? Is your son happy and healthy and is he kind and respectful (as much as a 4 year old can be ; ) )?

Do you live with her?

Amanda - posted on 02/25/2013

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When i was around 8yrs old my best friends father made sexual. advances. towards me sitting me on his knee and kissing me. i could not talk to my mother about this but yrs later i did...and she did not believe. me and told me i made it up... i am now a mother myself and very protective of my child one wkend i went to visit my mother and my little boy was acting up and my mother pushed in to hit him...i was shocked and my little boy was very upset and turned to granny. and told her he did not like her. My mother has informed me that she wants custody of my child and has made it very clear i am not welcome and she does not relate me as the mother to my child in any way i was told to give my child up for adoption this treatment i am getting has deeply upset me makes me feel like i am a bad mother and i also see it has effected my little boy......... if anyone can give me advice i would be so thankful...... (i live in ireland )

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