Joined: 24 Apr 2009
State or Province: Florida
|Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:02 pm Post subject: How can I stop grandparent visitation?
|I know this is going to be long but PLEASE take the time to read
This might be a long one but please take the time to read.
I was never married to my daughter's father, his name is on the birth certificate. He is currently involved in a criminal case since January, I'll spare on the details but through an act of child abuse, his infant so is now dead (the child is not mine). Department of Children and Families has petitioned for a termination of parental rights on his side in regards to my daughter.
Now the grandparents are trying to get visitation and are planning on taking me to court on it. I am quite afraid that if my daughter goes to their home, I may never see her again. There is also a threat of physical abuse since her grandfather was quite abusive to her father (although I doubt anyone will testify to that in court) and I don't want my daughter toted off to a prison to visit someone who is clearly unfit.
I know this is all supposed to be in the best interest of the child but as far as I'm concerned, contact with these people could contribute to her growing up in a negative way.
How on earth can I keep my daughter from coming under the control of her grandparents?
I need to know my rights as a mother, surely a judge who has no inside view on how my daughter is raised can order her to spend time with people who could be detrimental to her physical and mental health.