Thank you; the current court order remains in full force until it is modified by the court, and the court has jurisdiction to modify child support and custody issues until the child reaches adulthood. As such the parent can bring a motion requesting that communication regarding the child is to be conducted between the actual parents, and that step parents and other third parties are not to be a part of such conversations.
When making any modifications the court will look to see if there was a substantial change of circumstance, and if the requested modification is in the child's best interest. Normally if there are no protective orders the court will expect the parents to work together to communicate for co-parenting purposes.
If the court determines that the step parent is engaging in parental alienation and the other parent allows it, that can negatively impact their time with the child as that is considered against the best interests of the child and can result in an appropriate modification.
Some people will first attempt mediation-similar to counseling except the mediator "facilitates" the parties to communicate and come to their own solutions as they are then more likely to honor them. That can help as litigating of course can harm future co -parenting.
Here are the required forms for requesting a modification:
One can specify the mode of communication preferred-phone, email, text, etc
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