Q: What can be done?
My wife's sister was assassinated last year. She left 2 kids a girl 17 and a boy 14. The girl lives with us because they were from different father's. She has lost both. We all live in Florida. The boy lives with his father but he is making his life miserable sometimes the boy does not see his sister for over a month because his father always looks for "disciplinary" reasons to punish him not letting him to come to our home. This disciplinary punishments sometimes are petty things such as he didn't pick up his room, or didn't wash the dishes.All just to punish him saying that going to expend the weekend with his sister and our family is a privilege.Ridiculous comming from a father that now that the boy lost his mother is when he actually wants to behave as a real father. He is making the boy feel depressed and misserable by no understanding the emotional suffering the kid has with the lost of his mother and been separated from his real family. Is a psychological abuse. What can we do?
A: I actually do not agree that you can do anything in terms of seeking visitation from the Father. If the child has a living parent, then that parent has one hundred percent of the parental and custodial rights and there is virtually nothing that the court is able to do as the Father of the child has the absolute right to deny any visitation by the child with anyone, for whatever reason. If you decide to pursue this, then any attorney should be discussing with you what you potentially risk in such a lawsuit.
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