Saratoga Family Law Lawyer Discusses Grandmother’s Custody Rights
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Can I go to court to make sure my child’s grandmother can’t get access to the custody rights of my child?
My boyfriend’s mother has told me several times that I should get an abortion. She’s told me several times she is not happy that I am having her son’s child and believes that I’m only keeping this baby because I want to keep him. That is not the case, we don’t even live together. I grew up very religiously and spiritually. I was raised that abortion was wrong and considered a sin. Therefore, I don’t believe in the termination of a baby. However, she has threatened to take my child away from me because she says she knows she will win because of her “sources”. She has no real reason but the fact that she just “knows” she can. This woman is mentally ill, suffers from bipolar, stress, depression, schizophrenia, and has had two silent heart attacks in the same year. The doctor has stated himself that he doesn’t know how she is still walking. I am doing everything I can to provide for this child, I have two jobs, currently looking for a stable place and I am doing it all on my own. There’s nothing wrong with me, I am completely healthy. I don’t want for this woman to think that she can just have the right to take my child away just because. What can I do to make sure it doesn’t happen?
You cannot file anything in court that can prevent your baby’s father’s mother from ever filing papers seeking custody/visitation with your child. However, the likelihood of her obtaining custody is slim – she would have to show that you have abandoned your child or engaged in other behavior that would allow a court to award custody to a non-parent. I would recommend that you continue to do what you are doing – work hard to take care of yourself and your baby. Keep your distance from her. If she ever files in Family Court, consult with a local attorney to make sure your rights are fully protected.
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This informational blog post was provided by Jean Mahserjian, an experienced Saratoga Family Law Lawyer.