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My ex-husband has our son overnight twice a week. He has been

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My ex-husband has our son overnight twice a week. He has been sharing the same bed with our son on-and-off for the last few years. Our son, who has high-functioning autism, is now 11. I want my son to have his own bed, and have a spare that I am willing to give him, but he says I can't tell him what to do, and if he and my son want to share the same bed, they can. I disagree. What are my options to get him to comply?

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Right now, with out a divorce decree or other court order that requires the ex to comply with your request, there is not much that you can do unilaterally. You first have to file a petition to modify the visitation order and ask for the relief that you are requesting. The court will require you to prove up that having separate beds is in the best interest of the child or that not not having separate beds is somehow harmful to the child's welfare and development. This will require an expert opinion such as that from a family therapist and/or a medical doctor.


Upon receiving such evidence the court can then issue an order to force him to use separate beds.



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