Family Law

Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Family Law

Question from NYC I have sole legal and physical custody of…

Customer Question
Question from NYCI have sole...
Question from NYCI have sole legal and physical custody of my daughter (only 17 months).The paternal grandparents live in Florida - they are incredibly emotionally abusive (to the father most of his life but he maintains loyalty to them versus us). The grandparents made it clear I was not family and would not acknowledge my daughter as family once she was born (we were never married but together for many years thus part of the issue). It wasn't until I was 7 months pregnant that they finally reached out. Once my daughter was born and filed for child support the grandparents went on and on for months that their son wasn't the father. Demanding a DNA test (which I never refused), it's insanely tacky, as I don't associate with people like this, this is not the type of behavior that I am surrounded by. They built a calendar trying to prove she couldn't be their sons (she was 5 weeks early) due to his travel schedule. They have never liked me. They constantly have 'bashing' sessions saying horrible things about me when their family is together (as I hear from the father).My biggest issue is that their actions suggest they don't want her as family if they've spent so much time trying to prove she's not his. I do not trust they are emotionally safe to be around her. I believe they will say horrible things about me if she were around them.
When it becomes an issue, can I prevent them from seeing her? They are finally interested in her and I do not want my daughter around this insanity. Apparently the father Skype's with the grandparents and my daughter - I am NOT ok with this.
The people in my + my daughters life are not like this. The grandparents come from a different cultural perspective (racist, can't hold jobs, blame everyone for their problems). I come from educated people with incredible morals and values. I'm a professional and have cared and financially supported my daughter on my own for the most part. I want her to have love and stability. Their crazy can not be part of her development. Her father has many many mental issues (I did not know about until she was born) likely from them. I want her to have a stable, supportive + loving foundation.
Can I protect her from them? What am I able to do? Again, I have full legal and physical custody. There is also NO visitation order - I let him see her often to avoid court for a number of reasons (separate issue and question).
Thank you
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 6 hours by:
8/16/2017
Family Lawyer: Legal Expert Justin, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
Legal Expert Justin
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 236
Experience: Attorney
Verified

Hello! My name is ***** ***** I'll be the Expert assisting you today. If there is no visitation order, then you are free to keep the father from seeing your daughter (and thus keep the grandparents from seeing her). If you still want the father to be able to see his daughter, you will need to get some assurances from him that he not allow your daughter to Skype with the grandparents. Is this something you think he would agree to?

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No he won't agree to it. It's a major source of discord between us b/c he does not see the problems his family causes. Nor does he see their behavior as inappropriate (that's really the issue).I am only forced to let my daughter have a relationship with the grandparents if they file a visitation order correct? I think I saw that in one of my many online legal searches.
Family Lawyer: Legal Expert Justin, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

Yes and no. The grandparents would probably have a hard time filing for their own visitation rights (but it is allowed sometimes). However, the father could file for visitation rights and then he would be free to allow your daughter to see his parents during his visitation time. If you could convince a judge that contact with the grandparents is damaging to your daughter you could likely get a provision in the visitation order that would forbid the daughter from having contact with the grandparents.

Right now, since there is no visitation order, you are free to deny all of them the right to see your daughter.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you...The father is moving out of state to Florida next month (he can not pay child support b/c he does not work) and we'll work out a visitation plan outside of court as of now. He's never had our daughter for more than an afternoon so she will not travel to him solo for an overnight therefore avoiding the grandparents.This is a total mess but thank you for the help. I have a million more questions but thats for another time.
Family Lawyer: Legal Expert Justin, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

You are very welcome. I hope I’ve provided the information you were seeking. If you are happy with my service, your 3, 4, or 5 star rating at this time is most welcome. If you need more help, please let me know so I can continue to assist you.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Legal Expert Justin Your Own Question
Legal Expert Justin
Legal Expert Justin
Legal Expert Justin, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 236
236 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Attorney

Legal Expert Justin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,875 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,025 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

6,562 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years legal experience including family law

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,415 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,398 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,787 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
My son has 50% legal and physical custody if my grandson. He
My son has 50% legal and physical custody if my grandson. He has a mental health issue. He lived with me and is now in a homeless shelter getting in touch with a case mgr. And other support. I'm suppo… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
I'm paying child support for children that are not mine I've
I'm paying child support for children that are not mine I've been doing it for over 24 years and the judge says until I get a paternity test their mine so I want to know how do I get a court order pat… read more
Crystal
Crystal
Attorney
JD
3 satisfied customers
What does joint physical custody mean in MN state? How is
What does joint physical custody mean in MN state? How is that different from sole custody with scheduled visiting time for one parent? Does this affect child support? Can you have joint physical cust… read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
297 satisfied customers
I have a worksheet to calculate child support based on sole
I have a worksheet to calculate child support based on sole physical custody to one parent. Is there a Minnesota worksheet for child support when parents have joint physical custody?… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,013 satisfied customers
I'm looking for assistance on how to cancel child support
Hi! I'm looking for assistance on how to cancel child support and arrears in the state of Mississippi. Any guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you! … read more
S. Kincaid
S. Kincaid
Doctoral Degree
2,355 satisfied customers
In terms of child support and custody in the state of
In terms of child support and custody in the state of Wisconsin. What legal actions can be taken if the mother is currently housing, and feeding the child 80% of the time. The father is providing hous… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,587 satisfied customers
I have sole physical custody and half legal custody of my
I have sole physical custody and half legal custody of my son. This was granted back in may of 2017. My sons father served me with papers because he is now requesting that he has sole physical and leg… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,013 satisfied customers
I have sole physical custody and half legal custody of my
Second opinion] I have sole physical custody and half legal custody of my son. This was granted back in may of 2017. My sons father served me with papers because he is now requesting that he has sole … read more
Ely
Ely
Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
11,875 satisfied customers
What does "physical custody" mean in Florida law? Does it
What does "physical custody" mean in Florida law? Does it only mean the child is in their home without any court involvement (custody, etc.)?… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
56,835 satisfied customers
NY.....joint custody but physical custody with mom....dad in
Hello, NY.....joint custody but physical custody with mom....dad in VA. Mom decides to homeschool without telling dad, which he is failing. Dad called the school 3 months ago as the mom stated a psych… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
2,207 satisfied customers
If someone does not pay child support and they are
If someone does not pay child support and they are remarried, and claim to be unemployed, but their spouse is employed, can child support be collected using their new spouse's income? This is in Flori… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,013 satisfied customers
What is the age of discontinuing child support if in
what is the age of discontinuing child support if in college … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,587 satisfied customers
This a child support question, I am paying child support an
This a child support question, I am paying child support an my child is graduating from high school May 2018 starting college August 2018 and plan on live on campus. My Ex who has physical custody is … read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,144 satisfied customers
It about Child Support vs visitation Court order when he
It about Child Support vs visitation Court order when he don't pay all the time .. … read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
297 satisfied customers
I already have a judgement for child support and visitation
I already have a judgement for child support and visitation and custody of my child, but they didn't do my divorce in the child support. Can I file for a divorce without bringing previous orders invol… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,587 satisfied customers
Im in California...have sole legal and physical custody of
Hello.....im in California...have sole legal and physical custody of child...father just got out of prison ..did a 5 year term ...immediatly wants ,visitation...what are his rights ..… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,587 satisfied customers
My question is about child support case,and visitation; my
My question is about child support case,and visitation; my daughters dad never keeps her for his visitation never takes her for 30 days in July and doesn't do any of his financial obligations. I do ge… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
31,355 satisfied customers
I have sole legal and physical custody.... visitations are
i have sole legal and physical custody.... visitations are supposed to be agreed upon both parties. however, due to my childrens hostile behavior I told him to meet the children supervised at a park o… read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
297 satisfied customers

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).

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).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x