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My Wife Mary is disabled with fibromyalgia, and has been placed on long-term disability. We have a 6-year old Granddaughter (Taylor), from our Daughter (Melissa) of 31 years. She and her Husband (Adam, the girl's Father) are separated and the marriage is essentially over. Late in 2016, Melissa came clean that she's addicted to opioid medication. She entered treatment and is doing much better (320 days clean so far). During her in-patient treatment, Adam decided that Mary has a drug problem. He demanded that she enter an in-patient drug rehabilitation center and said that she could not see Taylor until she did. Mary does not abuse her medication and is being treated by 4 actual doctors and a therapist. All of the medical professionals strongly disagree with Adam's demand for drug therapy. We haven't been able to see Taylor for over 10 months now and she lives in the same town as we do (Benicia). Mary is being victimized again by Adam because of her disability. Do we have a claim against Adam under the ADA?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? It matters because laws vary by location.

California

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have been taken so far?

We have taken no steps, as far as a demand letter or legal action.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No. Except that Adam isn't a medical professional. He's a mechanic.

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Olivia Kent
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Where is Melissa during all this?

Is there a court order preventing you from seeing Taylor?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Melissa moved back home with us after treatment. There is no court order preventing us from seeing Taylor.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Actually, Melissa has 50% custody but has been unwilling to enforce it. Adam is verbally and emotionally abusive.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I am a civil engineer with over 38 years of professional experience. Mary is a registered nurse. However, her medical issues have forced an end to her professional career. Our annual income is about $250,000 and we own a nice 5 bedroom 4 bathroom home. Taylor lived with us for most of the first 5 years of her life.

Here's the thing. You can presumably see the child ANY time when she is with mom - and you can also petition the court to have time with Taylor if dad won't let you see her particularly b/c you have a long-standing relationship with the child. That's the way to *enforce* your rights - by convincing a judge you should continue to have access to your grandchild. Please let me know if I've answered your question. If I have answered your question, if you wouldn't mind, could you please take a moment to submit a rating so that I receive credit for working with you. If you have any follow up questions I would be *happy* to answer them. Experts only get credit for the time and effort we spend on our answers if you rate positively - 5 stars is definitely appreciated but not required! It DOES NOT cost you anything at all to submit a rating; it just allows me to get credit for helping you - otherwise I get no credit at all. You CAN still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be a lag between your question and my answer; this is because I'm either not at my computer or helping someone else but I assure you I will ALWAYS come back and answer your question.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Olivia -- You answered my question, and thank you. Time to search for a lawyer that practices in the family law area. Regards ***** ***** gave you five stars.Craig

Craig, It was my pleasure. Thanks so much for your rating!
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