Does anyone know if grandparents can legally try to get visitation rights to grandkids? My mother in-law is crazy, my husband and I have cut off contact with her and her family. mental problems run in her part of the family. I am concerned that she might try something to see our daugter and possibly our baby once he is born. also any ideas on what we can do to safe gaurd our kids from her?
I think I can help with this one!
1.What state are you in? The laws regarding "grandparent's rights" vary DRAMATICALLY depending on where you live.
2.Basically, it comes down to the children. MOST states side with the "in-tact" family--married living independently from parents.
3.Do your children have a dependent bond with their grandchildren? Have you ever lived with them, used them for regular childcare and/or financial support?
4.Can you show irrefutable proof that your MIL is CLINICALLY "off?" Not just your word for it!!! LOL
5.Grandparents generally have to file a court petition in YOUR state of residence, pay court fees and have a hearing before a judge and/or mediator, who will determine the BEST situation for your children. Hope this helps!
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Answer by ria7 at 4:07 PM on Feb. 13, 2009
Grandparents have NO RIGHTS to their grandkids UNLESS one parent has died, or they are divorced. Granparents think they have "rights" but really they don't - the only people who have "rights" to you kids are you and your DH. Since BOTH you and DH cut contact w/MIL - she's SOL. There isn't much she can do. My MIL is cut off also - so I know that can bring out the "crazy" in anyone!
Try this group - the women give GREAT advice and most have been in situations like yours!! cafemom.com/group/32665
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