Is there a way to legally cut all ties between my children and their dad’ mother?

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Is there a way to legally cut all ties between my children and their dad’ mother?

The grandma’s boyfriend of 10 years molested my 6 year-old daughter. The grandmother claims she loves my kids and wants to spend time with them but we can no longer trust her with their safety. We want to legally cut all ties.

Asked on August 14, 2010 under Family Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry.  First, I hope that you have taken the necessary steps to prosecute the offender and to get your daughter some help.  Grandparents have rights in many states that are recognized independently from the rights of the biological parents.  Minnesota is one of those states.  However, those rights are generally never seen as rights over and above the rights of a parent and  will always be viewed by a court "in the best interests of the child."  What you want to do here is to legally terminate the grandparents rights.  I am unsure that there is legal precedent for this type of proceeding (grandparent rights are automatically terminated by adoption or at the termination of the biological parent's rights).  I would suggest that you seek legal help in your area but for now I believe that you are within your rights to deny visitation or limit it to inside your home and supervised.  Good luck.


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