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Question: My stepdaughter is 16 and wants to stop her visitation with her biological mother who treats her like a small child and has has her do illegal things when she was younger. My stepdaughter has a active duty defacto father, in the military, and the courts have said our daughter has not rights to stop this visitation. She has gone to counseling five times and the court still will not take the couselors advice that this is bad and should stop now. Is there anything we can do? We are going bankrupt paying for attorneys (28k) and getting now where
Response: Unfortunately, the 16-year old does not have a right to stop her visitation with her own mother. If she has already been to Court and the Court has turned her down, then she cannot stop the visitation. Emancipation is not an option here because if her petition is granted, it means that the father is also not responsible for her. I do not think that is what you want. In any event, petition for emancipation would require additional court time and expenses.
I do understand your frustrations. However, since you have already been to Court and provided the information to the Court and the Court did nothing, you may not have any more legal options left other than file an appeal from the Judge's rulings. However, it appears that you are already exhausted by the Court process and may not want to continue on that route. Yes, going to the news media may help. However, you must file something with the Court to actually get a ruling on.