Q: live in TN, My son 18 (17 at conception) mom is 15, Her mother is using child as leverage over him...
My son just turned 18, mom is 15 he signed BC as father, child is in NICU. Her mother is useing the child as leverage over him, to pay her bills, Not speak to his family ect. She says that whats she says goes because her daughter is a minor. What are his legal rights to his child? He works a full time job and graduates this year, has also been providing for this child since conception. Her mother also posts bad things about me (father's mother) will not mention the name but it always coincides with our visits to see our son and first visit with our grandson.
A: He has as much right to see that child as the mother does. Grandma needs to butt out. She can tell her daughter what to do, but as the child's father, your son can assert himself, even remove the child from the mother if the grandmother is creating such a hostile environment to be detrimental to the relationship between the child and the parents. You and your son need to see a lawyer and learn what both his and your rights are as both parent and grandparents in Tennessee. Your son is responsible for support his child and perhaps some medical bills for the pregnancy and birth, but don't let grandma blackmail or bully him.
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