What if I don’t like my children’s paternal grandparents?

| Aug 28, 2019 | Family Law

You and your spouse tried your best, but the conflicts caused by his parents wore you down. Even after you had a child, nothing got better. In fact, you believe things became more frustrating, because his parents always wanted to tell you what you were doing wrong.

At this point, you’re tired of the criticism and negativity that your spouse’s parents bring into your life, and it has resulted in you presenting your spouse with divorce papers. Although you love your spouse, the inability to resolve this conflict has gone too far. Now, all you want to do is to protect your child from their grandparents, who you believe are a negative influence.

Is there a way for you to prevent your child’s grandparents from seeing them?

This is a difficult question to answer without looking into your case directly. There could be ways to prevent grandparent visitation or to stop your child from seeing their grandparents and having interactions with them if the grandparents are abusive or have a negative influence on their life. However, keep in mind that your own negative experience doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is being badly treated.

If you truly feel that you do not want your child’s grandparents in their life, it’s best to speak with your spouse about that. If there are signs of neglect or abuse when in the grandparents’ care, you may be able to take legal steps to limit their interactions, at least when there is not another adult present.

The options you have may vary, so it’s important to speak with your attorney about how to keep certain people from influencing your children following a divorce.

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