What does the law say in the uk? Is it ever appropriate for your significant other to discipline your child? And how do you define "discipline"?

Robbie - posted on 02/05/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My ex partner has been with another man for two years in that time he has physically abused my son twice, bullied him by making him eat all his food at the table when he says he is full,elbows on the table he sends him to bed early,he shouts at my son and makes him cry I bought him an Ipad for Christmas and he confiscated it of him the other night for spending a gift voucher on the App Store,... Can I get any advice from anyone who has been or is in this situation?does anyone know if it is allowed for another man to punish someone else's child? It is driving me to tears I have been biting my tongue for to long I have made an appointment to see a solicitor next week to seek joint custody


♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/05/2014




First, no, it is never appropriate for mom or dad's new partner to enforce discipline on a child that is not their biological child, UNLESS both biological parents have discussed the situation, and agreed that SO can have a say.

Second, it is never appropriate for SO to presume to enforce rules that have not been set by biological parent EXCEPT in the case of house rules, if the house belongs to SO. Then, house rules may be enforced, but disciplinary action is still up to the parents.

You probably should seek joint custody

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