How can I keep my child’s grandparents out of her life?

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How can I keep my child’s grandparents out of her life?

My daughter’s father has just started seeing her and his parents are trying to force him to take all rights away from me and have also decided to take her and keep her from me entirely. And my child’s father lives with them and they will not let me see my daughter even when her father is at work or at school. Is there any way that I can keep my daughter away from her father’s parents so they have nothing to do with my child?

Asked on September 5, 2011 under Family Law, Maine

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry for your situation.  I am going to give you the general rule regarding the rights of grandparents in the state of Maine but you should check with an attorney in your area on what your rights are here. Now, the state of Maine does indeed recognize the rights of grandparents.  However, the rights of grandparents can not go over and above the rights of the parents.  You have a unique situation here where the father lives with the grandparents and they have formed an army to overtake you.  Your child's father has the same rights to her as you do. But the grandparents must meet several legal tests to obtain rights on their own.  Being that they live with the father they may not need to establish them.  But if they are trying to interfere with YOUR parental rights - and it seems that they are - you may be able to obtain an order barring them from contact.  That would make it impossible for the father to take the child to his home or any family even they are present for. So seek legal help here and discuss really how far you wish to pursue this.  Take care of yourself and your daughter first.  Good luck.


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