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Do grandparents have a right to stop a child from seeing his parent?

Teen has gotten into legal trouble-stealing. Parents are trying to protect their daughter. Child manipulates, steals money, lies, disrespects mom and teachers in school. When child straightens out he will be allowed to see mom. Has gotten in so much trouble he may be expelled from school. Option blended school, dads decision and he is against it. Son is living with dad. May be his only change to save his butt and keep him in school. Son drifts back to mom even though he is not allowed too, but mom listens to him and I feel he is reaching out to her.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:56 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Teens (13-17)

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Answers (8)
  • I'm having trouble following the email. Is it the mom's parents who are not allowing the child to see his mother? Why would they have ANY say in the matter, she's an adult?

    I don't know, but as long as the mom is a responsible adult (not into drugs, breaking the law, etc), a child should NEVER be kept away from a loving parent as punishment. It doesn't make sense.

    Answer by Six_on_my_own at 8:49 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Unless you have grandparents rights granted by the court, you cannot keep him

    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:59 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • You would have to fight for custody of the child ...

    Answer by outstandingLove at 7:01 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Without legal documents, no. If dad has physical custody (durring his visitation or sole custody) and says the child can't, then the answer is mom can't. But if there are no legal documents, or it's your "time" according to legal papers, then you can see the child.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:04 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Please tht sounds so mean. Cruel no matter what. Unless she is a druggie.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Ya I don't think it is right for anyone to judge or decide on this particular question and matter considering we have no knowledge or understanding of the situation of the father or the mother or the real underlying problems why the kid is always getting in so much trouble. I know my inlaws if they had great concerns would encourage us as a family to work things out perhaps pitch in for a family counselor or such before stepping in the middle as we know that 3 is a crowd, four or more can lead to disaster.

    Answer by TheFriskyKitty at 11:18 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • No, grandparents have no rights in most states and in the states that they do it's limited and usually only refers to visitation with the child.

    Answer by admckenzie at 1:22 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • Not without a court order stating that grandparents have custody and that mom is to have no contact.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 1:37 PM on Sep. 30, 2009