Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.
You say the psychiatrist is offering her opinion about the child's behavior, but dyslexia is not a behavior problem. Dyslexia is a specific reading disability due to a defect in the brain's processing of graphic symbols. It is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes written material. So, why would the psychiatrist recommend to the parents that they set boundaries and to distance the grandmother from the granddaughter so she will step up to the plate and face the difficulties instead of using them as a crutch? This comment alone implies to the mother that the grandmother is a bad influence and she needs to keep the child away from the grandmother and the child will do better in school. I find that very irresponsible and unprofessional from the psychiatrist to make this type of recommendation and not have interviewed the grandmother before offering her opinion on the child’s behavior. Besides the psychiatrist was to assess if the daughter had dyslexia. Due to the psychiatrist recommendations and comments about the grandmother the grandchildren are no longer allowed to visit or talk with the grandparents on the father’s side. Also, there will not be a 2nd opinion because the mother likes the opinion of the psychiatrist because she does not feel guilty and she can blame it all on the grandmother.
I already thought that would be the answer, but I wanted to check anyway. I still do not think it is right for a Doctor to make assumptions or provide recommendations on a legal medical document without having interviewed the person in question. I do appreciate your expertise. Thank you very much.
Attachments are only available to registered users.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).