What to do if I don’t approve of the way that my wife is raising out son and she has custody?

My ex-wife has custody of our son that is 16 now. He is a sophmore and loves sports. Unfortunately, since the end of his freshman year his grades have suffered and has since lost eligibility for athletics. Also, his mother endorses his relationship with a junior girl who is a mother herself. I fear and feel that this environment is detrimental to his future, first as a teenager and second as an student/athlete. My ex and I don’t speak much, however, my son and I have a great relationship. My first instinct is to cut his ties with this girl and set guidelines for his mother to follow in regards to his best interest, which I do not feel is being met. What should I do, and would I have any recourse in court?

Asked on January 11, 2013 under Family Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

More information is really needed as to the issue of custody.  Do you mean that you have no decision making power at all with your son?  One parent generally has physical custody but courts favor joint custody for decision making.  If you believe that your son's best interests are not being met then you need to petition the court to allow you decision making power and maybe even for a change of physical custody of your son. Speak with an attorney in your area who can read the order presently in place and advise you of the next best step.  Good luck.


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